ARIK KEBABS & TURKISH BAKERY, PERTH.
Like so many cultures, the history of baking in Turkey spans generations and is a trade that is passionately passed down from one family member to another. Cuma emigrated to Australia in 1999 after learning his trade from his father in their home town of Gaziantep, Turkey. In fact, both his father and grandfather were bakers in this town, making Cuma third generation baker and very proud of his heritage.
Margaret River was the town of Cuma’s very first Australian bakery. And 2004 was a big year for him and his family - fulfilling a dream to open his own place in his new home in West Australia. The move to Perth was an opportunity Cuma did not want to pass up and in 2005, he opened Arik Kebabs & Turkish Bakery. Cuma is now set to pass the tradition onto his own son and hopefully, to the children born to his generation. Perth is a city well known for its love of great produce. Cuma’s customers are the type of people looking for quality in the traditional flavours and textures of Turkish bread and Pide. These traditions and the care baked into Cuma’s breads have helped develop what is fast becoming a growing trend for Turkish baking in Perth.