My name is Ilgin. I have had a love for cooking for as long as I can remember.
I was born and raised in Turkey, in a very traditional Mediterranean household, which revolved around wholesome, natural, home-cooked food.
My culinary passion led me to explore the world of sourdough baking so in January 2019 I set up 'Just Sourdough by Ilgin' in order to share my passion and enthusiasm and spread the sourdough love.
In June 2021, I received the Bronze Award in the Enriched Sourdough category of the Scottish Bread Championships at the Royal Highland Show.
I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as a Real Bread Campaign Ambassador in July 2021.
I am also very honoured to have been asked to be the Sourdough Category Leader Judge at the World Bread Awards 2022.
Come and join me at one of my bread making workshops in my home kitchen and start your own sourdough journey!
"Ilgin was a master at giving me the skills to make my own Sourdough. Lovely to go away with some fresh bread to take home as well as another to be baked and a 'starter' to carry on baking bread. Her course is worth every penny!"
"Today I had the absolute pleasure to spend the day making sourdough bread with Ilgin. I can highly recommend you sign up if you’d like to learn more about this ancient art of making bread.
She demystified the process, was patient and went to great lengths to make sure we understood the complete process. I left having had a few wonderful hours away from work, with a HUGE cooked loaf, another one ready to cook tomorrow and a white ‘starter’ dough so I can continue to practice. "
My wife and I just completed the Sourdough by Ilgin course and must say it was brilliant. We both highly recommend the course as it is both fun and very informative. And the bread! TO DIE FOR! 10 out of 10! Thank you so much for a great day and the knowledge and confidence to produce our own lovely bread. Cheers!
"Ilgin was extremely warm and welcoming. She is hugely knowledgeable and provides lots of tips and that have totally transformed my sourdough breadmaking. The workshop is very relaxed with a lovely lunch but at the same time packed with information and hands on experience of every step in the breadmaking cycle. I would highly recommend the workshop."
I had an amazing day learning to making sourdough bread as well as the science behind it - all thanks to @justsourdough making beautiful natural real bread which tastes amazing (we had one fresh from the oven for lunch!) Thank you so much Ilgin for sharing your knowledge and I can’t recommend the workshop enough!
I had an excellent experience and have been baking every week! Ilgin is a brilliant teacher and provides everything for you to start baking by yourself and the bread is delicious! I would highly recommend!
"Amazing workshop! Such a lovely person to learn from! I can highly recommend it for anyone!"