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Say Hello To Mike Miller, Twinsburg Bakery Manager

How long have you been with Heinen's?
This will be in the tenth year. Before that, I was with Tops/Finast for 13 years in their bakery, so I have 23 years in this now.

Do you recall when you first took an interest in bakery field?
I graduated from Kent State with a BBA and did some other things in the business field for a while, including selling insurance. But I always loved baking. There’s just nothing like a good loaf of bread. So now I love coming to work. This is not a job for me, it’s what I want to do.

Do you have a lot of baking memories from childhood?
No. It’s odd that way. There was a lot of cooking though—plenty of meats, but neither of my parents did much baking. It’s interesting; maybe that’s why I was drawn to the bakery.

Are you seeing any trends in your department?
Yes. Artisan breads are very big now. It’s not only here at Heinen’s, you’re seeing it everywhere. We have a really great selection including a lot of breads made with whole wheat. You might not even know the difference until you read the label—some of the breads are half wheat and half white flour, some are all whole wheat.

Do you bake or cook at home?
I don’t bake anything at home! I do all of the cooking though. That’s how my wife and I have things worked out. She works at Heinen’s too, in the Produce Dept. at our Bainbridge store.

Name five items we’d always find in your kitchen.
  • Hummus
  • Always have peanut butter
  • Always fresh vegetables
  • Lots of fruit—my wife loves fruit!
  • Every hot sauce known to man

How about favorite kitchen tools?

I love my kitchen—just love it. So what would I reach for?
  • A good set of pots and pans
  • And anything that’s new—I like to try things, even if it’s just once.

At the end of the day, what’s the best part about your job?
I love educating people. Both my wife and I are always saying this: One of the best things that Heinen’s does is give us so much continuing education. We are always going to classes and meetings, learning new things. We love passing that information on. Customers are always saying, “Thank you for sharing that with me.” For me, that’s the best part of my job.

The most important to me is my family. I love my wife of 22 years and our cats Mia and Zoe.