M.J. Coe Dishes on the Weirdest Thing He Couldn't Eat and the Death of Cupcake Wars

Categories: Chef and Tell

MJ Coe
M.J. Coe
Tammie Coe Cakes and MJ Bread
610 E. Roosevelt St., No. 145
Phoenix, 85004

Federal Pizza
5210 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

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This is part one of our interview with M.J. Coe, baking mastermind behind MJ Bread and the wood-fired pies at Federal Pizza. Check back on Tuesday to find out more about this culinary celebrity including his thoughts on Wonder Bread and what ranks number one on his baking playlist (hint: it's one sweet soundtrack).

Katie Johnson
Federal Pizza on Central
MJ Coe discovered his passion for food at an early age. At 17 he left school and by 20 he was running his first restaurant, a French and Italian spot based in a hotel. From there he went to culinary school in Providence, Rhode Island where he met his wife Tammie Coe, a baker who shares equal celebrity status for her cakes and pastries.

It's a sweet story that starts out with a young MJ being locked out of his dorm down the hall from Tammie and continues 20 years later to them living together above a shared bakery in Downtown Phoenix. And while you'd think that they eat leftover cake and pastries from downstairs every night, in reality you're more likely to find them noshing on Little Debbie cinnamon rolls while chilling out on the couch. Despite their culinary fame, this couple likes to lay low.

After acquiring a large amount of success at a young age, MJ Coe has found himself steering away from all the PR and interviews. He admits that he is not a big people person and playfully adds that his biggest fear at parties is a Scottsdale Kiss (basically a superficial attempt at a European hello).

Location Info

Tammie Coe Cakes

610 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Federal Pizza

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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