Afshin Dianak Shori
When Afshin Dianak arrived in England from Iran five years ago he never thought he would see himself learning how to become a baker.
Afshin explained: “I wanted a job that I was passionate about and I knew I wanted to open a bakery. But how do you do that with no money; only a passion? I started to read a lot of books and I was referred to The School of Artisan Food by TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network) and was awarded a place here on the Advanced Diploma course with a bursary.”
Then just as he was about to start the course, England went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and his plans were put on hold for the next six months.
“My wife and I spent all our savings on some bakery equipment and I began to produce Iranian flatbread. I worked hard, starting at 4am in the morning and worked long hours selling my bread. People bought my bread. They liked it! I knew then that there was a need for my bread and so it’s given me something to work towards.”
“All the pieces in the jigsaw have come together. I’ve found my passion and I’m enjoying my time at The School of Artisan Food. I’m learning new skills that will help me open my own bakehouse and café. I also hope that I shall be able to give back to the community and employ people who have faced similar difficulties and barriers to employment.”
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