After a successful inaugural edition last year, Johnson & Wales University has announced that its International Symposium on Bread will return for a second year in April.

Last year's program, titled On the Rise: The Future of Bread, featured two days of discussion, touching on current industry and consumer trends, advances in technology and technique, and the socioeconomic and cultural factors that are shaping the business of bread.

On April 26-28, Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus will follow that up with On the Rise II, presented by Puratos. Once again, Peter Reinhart will curate the event. Some of the biggest names in the industry will share their knowledge on the industry.

The Symposium has also announced that Nathan Myhrvold, author behind the massive book Modernist Bread, will present the Keynote Address. Other presenters chosen by the selection committee are “the best of the best” according to Reinhart.

“Last year, some of the biggest names in the industry gathered to initiate an important conversation about the issues and opportunities we’re facing. This year we plan to take it to the next level,” says Reinhart.

This year, the Symposium will feature two optional bread labs for those seeking hands-on experience with leading bakers. More events and topics will be announced in the lead-up to April 26.