The latest hopeful to be profiled for our Britain’s Next Top Supplier competition is Mark from Dough It Yourself. We caught up to find out what they do and why we would should stock them. Read on…
Q *In a Cilla Black Voice* What’s your name and where do you come from?
A My name is Mark McGuinness and I come from Dublin, although I live in Manchester.
Q What’s your product?
A My product is Dough It Yourself artisan pizza bases and sauces.
Q How long have you been doing this?
A Just over 18 months full-time.
Q What made you decide to go pro?
A The inability of the big brands to produce a single good pizza for domestic consumption between them, and the dream of creating something people love.
Q Tell us an interesting fact about your brand:
A Peter Andre is a major fan and told me they are “the best pizzas I’ve ever tasted”.
Q Tell us an interesting fact about you:
A I was a sports reporter on what is called Fleet Street (even thought no newspapers reside on Fleet Street any more) between 1996-2003. I worked for the Daily Star, The Mirror, Daily Mail and have had articles produced in papers as varied as the Sunday Times and the Daily Sport (I have clippings of many of the above still on file).
Q What’s been your biggest challenge to date?
A Doing five-day consumer shows at the end of a long year (two in three weeks). This task would have beaten Hercules.
Q What brands inspire you?
A Innocent and Higgidy – rustic and quirky yet with brilliant products inside.
Q Why should you win Britain’s Next #TopSupplier?
A Because I believe I have created the best pizza product on the market. All I now need is top level guidance, volume and exposure.
Q Give us a top tip or recipe suggestion for how to use your product:
A My own Quattro Stagioni – one quarter caramelised shallots, one quarter wild boar saucisson, one quarter artichoke hearts, and one quarter blobbed with ricotta (cheese to be applied after cooking). To. Die. For.
Sounds pretty good to us! If you think we should be stocking Dough It Yourself, let us know in the comments below.
Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive