Artisan bread baker Simo Kuusisto is proud to bring you Nordic Breads, his bread line featuring organic Nordic whole grain rye. Available now for the first time in the United States, these breads are known for their healthy nutrients and dense nature. In Scandinavia, rye has been a vital dietary staple ever since the Stone Age. Leavened with an authentic sourdough starter, whole grain rye bread has long been a staple of the Finnish table, prized for its delicious sour flavor as well as its low gluten content, which creates a hearty, dense loaf that stays fresh tasting longer than wheat bread.
Steeped in legend and folklore, this energy-giving grain is adored by the Finnish for its taste and texture, and according to an old Finnish saying “puts power in the wrists.” In addition, whole grain rye contains many health benefits, including high fiber and low fat content. Now you can experience the satisfying taste of organic Nordic whole grain rye, while reaping its the many health rewards.
About the Baker
Simo Kuusisto hails from Oulu, in northern Finland, and has worked for over 20 years as a professional chef. Kuusisto’s passion for bread baking extends beyond his dreams. To master authentic Finnish fermented whole grain rye, Kuusisto made a special pilgrimage to Lumijoki, in northwestern Finland. There he met master baker Seppo Merilainen, whose family has been baking award-winning loaves savored for their chewy texture and rich flavor for over 30 years. Today, Kuusisto continues to hone his craft and refine his recipes while continually expanding his repertoire.
After graduating in 1988 from New York City’s renowned French Culinary Institute, (where he studied with culinary luminaries such as Jacques Pepin and Andre Soltner), Kuusisto launched his New York culinary career. Kuusisto held posts at the acclaimed Scandinavian restaurants Snaps and Aquavit, and later served as executive chef at the Swedish Permanent Mission to the UN. Currently, Kuusisto is the executive chef at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the UN.