Avery Ruzicka is the baker and co-owner of Manresa Bread, a spinoff of the popular Manresa restaurant. The North Carolina native learned to love food while living in France. After returning and finishing college, she attended the French Culinary Institute in New York and worked at Per Se. She met Manresa chef David Kinch and took a job as a runner at the restaurant for six months, eventually moving to the back of house and overseeing the restaurant’s breads program. There are now two Manresa Bread brick & mortar locations, as well as stands at the Palo Alto and Campbell farmers’ markets.