Lexington's Midnight Baker

Lexington's Midnight Baker

While most people are snoozing, there's a man hidden away in a Lexington restaurant's kitchen. If you've ever eaten at Alfalfa's, you've probably tasted his handiwork.
While most are sleeping and the city lies still, a man in a Lexington kitchen never stops moving.

Tom Martin has been the midnight baker at Alfalfa Restaurant 34 of its 40 years.

Of the baked goods, Martin said he makes everything; that his work is a handicraft.

"It's like, you know, edible ceramics. And what you put in the oven looks pretty sorry...but when it comes out, it's kind of spectacular," he said.

However, the midnight baker said it wasn't always that way.

"My love of eating baking...from my grandmother. Sadly, she never taught me anything because I was unteachable," he said, adding, "Most of us learned our trade here. I certainly did."

Martin said he works four six-hour shifts a week, making breads, cakes, pastries, and other baked goods.

He said he'll probably retire in 2014--that's when he turns 66.

Until then, the midnight baker of Lexington said he'll keep moving.

A party for Alfalfa Restaurant's 40th anniversary will be held April 28th at 4 p.m. For more information, you can call 859-253-0014.
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