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Meet the Maker: Andris Lagsdin of Baking Steel

In our Meet the Maker series, you hear from our Makers on their journeys as entrepreneurs and how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.

Today, we're catching up with Andris, the inventor of Baking Steel. Years ago, while working with chef Todd English, making incredible pizza in brick ovens, Andris was always searching for a way to make the perfect pizza at home.  While working at his current steel job, Andris read that steel is the best brick oven substitute. He took a scrap home, tested it out for cooking, and the results were delicious. We wanted to learn a bit more about his "aha-moment" and what it's been like starting a business.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional tennis player.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Stop hesitating and just do it. So much fear in uncertainty, you just need to trust yourself and take a leap.

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Best business advice that you ever received?
I was reading "Crush It" by Gary Vaynerchuk a few years ago before I launched The Baking Steel. His chapter on marketing was literally one word–CARE. Do that and amazing things happen with your customers. So this is what I tell our team, to care.

What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
Courage, patience, chasing a little adventure, and being grateful every, single day. Do I get extra credit for four?

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What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
Any person who takes that leap will be amazed at what happens when you start doing what you love. Have a little bit of patience and dream big.

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What has surprised you most about starting a business?
Everyday I get to do what I love to do, that is an intense feeling of freedom.

How has the support for The Grommet community helped your business grow? 
The Grommet has given us incredible visibility. And personally, I love seeing all the other Makers in the community. Truly inspiring. The Grommet has certainly made a difference. Thank you.

To learn more about Baking Steel, watch our video here.

Comments

  • vicki Says:

    does it work on the stovetop for cooking as well as in theoven

  • Christine gross Says:

    Please work on cookie sheets. My husband made me a great baking pan that somehow got lost in a move

  • Joanne Cruz Says:

    I love this website because you see who invented, and the reason for need for it. Plus you get to see the steps that it takes to get it to the point of selling there products. So far everything that I have ordered works great. My friends also are very happy that I hooked them up with The Grommet.

  • Penelope Williams Says:

    I dont see the price in this article...

  • Barbara Says:

    Hi Andries,
    The Baking Steel product sounds great. Would you consider making a 'Mini' Steel that fits in a Breville Smart Oven? (Interior dimensions = HxWxD 5x14x12.) This would be a winning combination. Thank you!

  • Tom Patterson Says:

    I'd like to see product info and prices

  • Marketing Says:

    Tom & Penelope, The price is $89. You can view more details on the product here: https://www.thegrommet.com/baking-steel

  • Laura Mays Says:

    Very disappointed I could not buy one of your "Baking Steel"I cook with an AGA stove the ovens fit only a rectangular 12 by 15 long. Any hope for the AGA owners?

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