Baking was revered as an art form during the early Roman Empire, circa 300 BC. Roman citizens loved baked goods, which were only served at important occasions such as feasts and weddings. Due to the fame and desire that the art of baking received, baking was introduced as an occupation and respectable profession for Romans, with the first bakers' guild established in 168 BC in Rome. This appeal for baked goods promoted baking throughout Europe and expanded into the eastern parts of Asia followed by the rest of the world.

A baker uses a mill to finely grind grain into flour. Working with his bakery assistant, they mix the flour with the right ingredients to prepare the dough before it is placed in the oven, heated to exactly the right temperature. Even in the information age, baking remains a true art, and delivering perfectly baked products requires experience, skill and teamwork.

In the same way, Tombake and South African Enterprise Development have developed a recipe for success - each bringing together their respective capabilities and networks - to take the art of baking to the next level.

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