By Natalie Whittle
Natalie is editor of The Glasgow Papers, and runs The Outwith Agency in Govanhill
This post was first published as part of my Southside Stories project on Instagram.
Yuriy and Lana Kachak moved to Glasgow two years ago. ‘We lived in London for 15 years; it was hectic and expensive,’ Yuriy says. A chef by training, and a self-taught baker, Yuriy left western Ukraine aged 20 to work in the UK. He was formerly head chef at @flatironsteak restaurants in London, but bread not beef was his real passion. And the Kachak family needed a change of pace.
‘Being a chef for many years it was evenings and late nights; very often you feel like you’re missing out. Scotland came up quite high for quality of life and it felt right. We’re very happy here.’
After six months baking from home and selling on a market stall, Yuriy opened his compact @deanstonbakery on Deanston Drive at the end of 2018. “I love this street. We looked at this shop and took it straight away. When you’re starting something new, you’re worried about financial stuff, so I kept my expectations very low. But it’s good. And I enjoy it; the products are fresh out the oven and people pick up the bread and take it home still warm. I could never do that doing the markets.’
Yuriy has also enjoyed support from the neighbourhood and its businesses. ‘First two weeks people came in and asked how we were doing; it felt genuine and it gave us confidence. @cafe_strange_brew and @julieskopitiam also contacted us and asked if there was anything they could do. It felt nice. Just sharing experiences is important. Glasgow will shake off its old image in 10 years; the food scene is really changing here.’