Tasos was raised in North Texas and is first-generation Greek-American. As the eldest in an immigrant family, he was taught by his mother at the young age of 10 how to bake his Yiayia’s bread recipes in their home kitchen. The Katsaounis family established their roots in Dallas, Texas, where they owned a Bar and Grill and Tasos had an initial taste of the hospitality industry.
While Tasos helped with the family business, he began his career in consulting, tailoring his focus on Learning and Development and Change Management. After a nostalgic conversation among the family about his father-in-law’s fresh baked Greek bread, Tasos was inspired to step back into the kitchen and re-invigorate the recipes his mother had taught him as a child. A single loaf of bread quickly became a hobby, which evolved into an obsession. Before he knew it, Bread Man Baking Co., named by his then 6-year-old daughter Alexandra, was growing organically and gaining traction among the community. After some time in a local Houston commissary kitchen, where he produced for his first customers, Tasos left his 21 year career in consulting to build Bread Man Baking Co. into an independent commercial bakery. Today, Bread Man Baking Co. has partnered with some of the country’s top chefs, hotels, and grocery retailers.