• Our story

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Doing what we love

Dreaming of a place where they could share their passion for pastries, work with excellent ingredients, bond over bread and welcome people into their home, Shady and Rose opened this little bakery in 2014.

In honour of their shared Egyptian heritage, they named it PiOiK (pee-oyk) meaning ‘the bread’ in Coptic Egyptian - an ancient language spoken sometime after Hieroglyphics.

Small and family-run, the mission has always been to create a small selection of bread and pastries by hand, from scratch, using organic, market-fresh seasonal ingredients and no preservatives.

Finding others who share their dream, Shady and Rose have grown their team to a baker's dozen in size. Together, we delight in doing what we love each day. And for that, we thank our wonderful customers: from locals in the Pyrmont neighbourhood and CBD, and Sydneysiders from further afield, to some of Sydney's top chefs and restaurant owners who we proudly bake for.

Our family tree

Shady

Head baker & co-founder

A former fine dining chef, Shady has spent more than two decades cooking in some of Sydney's best kitchens. He's worked the pans at De Bortoli Wines Restaurant and under mentor and celebrated chef Stefano Manfredi at Bells at Killcare and Osteria Balla as Sous Chef. He trained as a pastry chef while working at The Westin Sydney, and also with in Italy with revered baker, Mauro Scaglia. He combines his wealth of experience with his love for fresh produce and recipes from his homeland to produce some of the best and tastiest bread and pastries in Sydney. He's most fond of PiOiK's biggest bread, the Epooro.

Rose

Front of house & co-founder

Rose is the glue that keeps the bakery together. A qualified accountant and teacher, she runs the numbers, and she's usually the first person you'll see when you step foot inside the door, ready to take your order. Rose's pride and passion for our products is clear to see in her smile. And she has the toughest job of all - keeping Shady in line. You know what they say: behind every great man there's a great woman. Her favourite is the ciabatta, with its crust on the outside and fluffy air bubbles on the inside.