By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Stephen Jones, director of the Washington State University Bread Lab and professor of Crop and Soil Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Angelo Pellegrini Award.
Given annually by the Pellegrini Foundation, the award remembers Angelo M. Pellegrini, the late University of Washington English professor and author who championed healthful, homegrown food, good wine and good company.
At the Bread Lab, Jones helps Pacific Northwest farmers, chefs, bakers and distillers get more out of their grains — more flavor, more products, more impact. Jones’ work is based at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwest Washington Research & Extension Center
“When we grow wheat, we want you to grow it, bake it, malt and cook with it,” said Jones, who directs a team of scientists and students developing new grain varieties that fuel the artisan food economy west of the Cascades.
“We put food and farmers first, and share the joy of discovery through baking and cooking,” said Jones, who was honored Feb. 3 at the Angelo M. Pellegrini Harvest Dinner in Seattle.
“I’ve been baking bread since I was six years old,” Jones said. “At the Bread Lab, we’re not just geneticists and plant breeders. We’re chefs and bakers, and we want our grains to work for local chefs, millers, maltsters and distillers. We want to keep that value multiplying in our communities.”
“What Stephen is doing is incredible,” said Tom Owens, oldest grandson of Pellegrini and president of the Pellegrini Foundation board of directors. “He embodies what my grandfather was all about. Stephen is making the world a better place, one loaf of bread at a time.”
“To receive this award from Angelo’s family and foundation is so humbling,” said Jones, who thanked the network of farmers and artisans, WSU students and researchers behind The Bread Lab’s success: “This award recognizes the work of many people.”
- Stephen S. Jones, director of the WSU Bread Lab, researcher and professor at WSU, 360-707-4640, firstname.lastname@example.org