A big thank you

It’s been quite a journey to get playerbakes where it is today: learning the art, going to market, getting the website online, amongst other things. And beyond all those wonderful people who bought loaves early on and all you lovely customers today (the real heroes), these are those who helped get sourdough off the ground and into your hands.

Without further ado, here’s the who’s who of playerbakes and what I’m thankful for.

Ana Hidalgo de la Vega, Creative Director

Ana Hidalgo de la Vega, Creative Director

Ana designed my logo and developed my branding. As well as being a talented artist, she also is an expert when it comes to branding. If it wasn’t for her, the site would look very grey indeed. We live together in Warwick Avenue and are partners in crime (and life). Lucky me.

@anahdelavega

Antigua Artisan Bread

A talented baker based out in LA County. Despite being a busy man he took the time to answer any questions I had and offer some invaluable advice. Thanks to him I tried making the chocolate sourdough (and what would life be without that?), taking my baking to a whole new level.

antiguaartisancottagebakery.com

@antiguaartisan

Jeremy Player and Illyahna Johnson, nutritionists extraordinaire

My brother and his charming fiancée. They are both very qualified nutritionists and have been great in advising me with certain directions to take with recipes and getting to the bottom of sourdough’s benefits on a microbiological level.

Jeremy also took the photos for the site.

@jplayersp

@illyahna

Lewis and Jools O’Sullivan

Lewis and Jools O'Sullivan

Consistently on hand for advice and feedback: Lewis is a good friend who’s ever generous with advice and feedback and with Jools helped put me in the right direction with commercial kitchens.

Nick Lazarides, Cyprus Kitchen

Octopus salad

I used to work with Nick back when he was selling dreams to companies in the form of retail awards. A charming man, a talented entrepreneur and good friend. Without Nick I would not have experience under a marquee tent and I would still be wishing and not doing. He also is one of the organisers for E17 village market based in Walthamstow – if you ever need something delicious to do on a Saturday afternoon.

www.cypruskitchen.co

@cypruskitchensc

@E17villagemarket

Roman, Flour and Spoon

Roman, Flour and Spoon

I’ve been shadowing Roman in early 2017 in E17 village market. A fantastic source of advice and an ambitious baker, he’s planning to open his own café/bakery soon.

www.flourandspoon.uk/

@flour_and_spoon

My parents

Mark and Nicola Player

Where would a thank you post be without mentioning this dynamic duo? You may recognise my mum from a picture on the homepage, they have both been wonderfully supportive with my dad even taking up sourdough as well. Mad props.

@nickp2015

@markp6118

Worthy mentions

Tartine (the cookbook that got it all started), Eni Gjondedaj (my first customer), Nicola Goulsbra (my second customer and gluten-free guinea pig) and everyone at Infopro Digital who have been buying bread from me since the beginning.

Bagel time

Bagel time
The first collaboration with The London Bagel Company happened last weekend (May 5th to be exact).
I’ve been experimenting with sourdough bagels and it seems we’ve created something marvellous. A strong sign for what the future holds.
The home of the bagel burger, based in Spitalfields market.