March 17, 2016 – Update: According to an Instagram post found by Eater Miami, Zak the Baker’s Zak Stern’s health is stable. He posted a picture of a plate of hospital food while thanking everyone for the outpouring of love and support.
Zak had this to say:
zakthebaker: What’s the point of passing your deductible if you can’t enjoy the delicacy of hospital food!
I’m now stable, but I will need to cut stress and take care of myself better. Thanks for the love and support everyone.
March 14, 2016 – The Miami culinary world was rocked yesterday with the news that Zak Stern, better known as Zak the Baker, suffered a stroke.
The baker, known as much for his smile shining through a thick beard as his bread, posted the news himself on Instagram, accompanied by a photo of the inside of an ambulance :
One minute you’re chilling, the next minute you’re having a stroke!
The 30-year-old Stern was responding to text messages last night but would not disclose the hospital he was admitted to. He did, however, ask for support from his friends and colleagues in Miami.
Stern, who has an infant daughter with wife Batsheva Wulfsohn, mentioned that his health condition is still being evaluated.
The baker is also in the process of expanding his business. In August, Stern announced he would move his Wynwood baking operation from its current location on NW 26th Street to a larger, 7,000-square-foot space just a half-block east, at the former Van Alpert exhibition space. The new space will house the company’s bakery as well as a cafe offering coffee and pastries. A month ago, Stern announced that his current space would be transformed into a kosher deli. A health scare could delay plans.[/vc_column_text]