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Outdoor instructor Andy Cook started baking bread for his neighbours when lockdown hit. An outdoor adventure instructor turned baker has gone from making small batches of bread in his south Liverpool kitchen for his neighbours to churning out hundreds of loaves a week. Andy Cook spent 14 years working in the outdoor adventure industry and split his time working part-time in a bakery for the last few years.
But when lockdown hit Andy lost all his outdoor work and started baking bread for his neighbours from his home on Plattsville Road in Mossley Hill. A year on from the beginning of the first lockdown, Andy has now expanded into an industrial unit in Speke. Plattsville Bakehouse , named after Andy's road as a nod to his first customers, now provides bread and baked goods for dozens of independent shops, cafes and restaurants in Liverpool. He told the ECHO: "I've been baking professionally for around three years while doing my outdoor adventure work. I led a five-day hiking trip in the Atlas Mountains in Africa.
Then of course lockdown hit and I was so stressed about what I was going to do for money. Receive ECHO newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates by ing up here. Andy said he'd always been interested in food, where it comes from and how it's made. Then he discovered baking. The year-old said: "I fell in love with baking straight away but I never thought I could make a career out of it, it has always been a hobby. When you're 18 and start down a career path you think you'll be doing that for life.
Andy started baking a few loaves a week in his kitchen and posted a message in his street's WhatsApp group to see who wanted some bread. Within an hour he had received dozens of orders. He added: "I thought it might lift the neighbour's spirits and went out for a walk. When I came back to my phone, half the road had ordered bread and it just grew from there. It was around the time when we all told to stay at home. In the beginning, it really wasn't about making money, but just doing something to keep me occupied and doing something nice for the community. In fact, my neighbours were telling me to put my prices up.
So we put names in a hat to see who got the bread that week. With help from his girlfriend Bethan Williams, Andy baked while Bethan bagged up the bread and they set up a little table outside their terraced house for the neighbours to collect their bread from. By August , baking from his own kitchen wasn't feasible or viable anymore and it was time to take the business to the next level.
Andy said: "I rented a small production unit, investing in a proper space, bread ovens and professional mixer. In September I made the move and I have been really lucky and fortunate as I set up an Instagram for the business and I had started to build up a clientele, so I knew moving into the unit had a waiting list of clients. Andy has even hired another baker, Ryan Hunt, who works three days a week, helping Andy produce hundreds of loaves a week including sourdough, white and wholemeal bloomers, baguettes and focaccia.
Andy added: "Ryan was a chef and had been travelling for a couple of years and arrived back in the UK in the middle of lockdown with no work. He is perfect for the job here, he has a real passion for bread and understanding of flavours with coming from a chef background.
We've got cinnamon rolls but our white bloomer is our most popular, we must make bloomers a day. The bakery also produces banh mi, a small Vietnamese bread he makes for Berry Street restaurant VietNom, which was one of his first clients. He said: "They got in touch and I had never baked this bread before, they offered so much support and feedback and we collectively made this new bread. What's On. Follow EchoWhatsOn. More On Mossley Hill Liverpool. New laws for shopping in Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Home Bargains from July 19 shopping Rules for social distancing, shopping with other people and face masks are changing.
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Liverpool man who baked for neighbours in lockdown now runs successful business