When I started down the road of creating high protein foods, my aim was to develop a range of products that fall into two categories. Foods that that you would tend to avoid and those that I believe are essential to your fitness programmes. I call these our "Added Protein" and "Essentials" ranges.
We’ve come a long way since we first launched our high protein bread back in 2013 and turning my vision into reality would have been impossible without the help and dedication of my trusty team.
Here’s a little bit about the guys who work behind the scenes here at Dr Zak’s HQ.
Dr Zak Pallikaros – BSc, MSc, PhD
OK this is me, so I will let somebody else write this bit…
Dr Zak has dedicated his life to fitness and muscle-building. He studied Medicinal Chemistry, Bio Technology and Bio Chemistry at City University (London), then went on to obtain a Doctorate degree from the Royal Free Medical School.
His record in this sector speaks for itself with a string of international bodybuilding awards that include:
- 4 times UKBFF Mr London and South East Champion
- 2 times NABBA Mr London Champion
- 4 times IFBB Mr Cyprus Grand Prix Heavyweight and Overall Champion
- UKBFF British Masters Champion
- 3 times Jay Cutler Classic Las Vegas Heavyweight and Masters Champion
Dr Zak owns his own gym in North London where he both trains and educates his members in the art of bodybuilding and has been integral to the development of the Dr Zak’s range.
Interests: Bodybuilding and Coaching new potentials.
Denise Chester – BSc, mBANT, FdSc, Cert PT
When it comes to fitness and nutrition, there are fewer better qualified than Denise Chester. Denise qualified from the school of Optimum Nutrition in London with a diploma and foundation degree in 2006. With a keen interest in sports nutrition, Denise proceeded to complete her YMCA gym instructor’s course and then went on to qualify as a personal trainer.
Having worked on such shows as BBC 1's City Hospital and numerous radio phone ins, her expertise in the field of sports and nutrition is keenly sought after and we are extremely proud of her involvement in our high protein products.
Interests: Women’s fitness, health, nutrition www.bodyconpt.co.uk
Ray bring with him a wealth of experience in both international sourcing and the food industry. Having setup and run his own China based sourcing business in 2002 and then a food ingredient business in 2008 called Global Foods UK, Ray left his role as managing director of Global Foods to come and grow this exciting new company.
His drive and ambition are infectious and will see Dr Zak’s become a household name.
Interests: General fitness and building successful businesses
Darren is head of logistics. He's eternally youthful, old enough to have owned a cassette tape but young enough to be completely thrown by a fax machine. He is our very own tech genius who runs our website, manages stocks levels and takes orders from our retailers.
Interests:photography, problem solving and watching his football team win. Give him a bit of space if they lose!
FACT: His daily to-do list is as big as Zak's biceps!
Admin Support & Events
Jake has recently joined the team and with his background in events organisation, performance and people management, we can always guarantee that our trade shows are a hit. When Jake is not working at Dr Zak’s you can find him around London hosting and performing at some of London’s top venues, he incorporates this experience into our trade shows and loves to perform live music at them.
Interests: Music and Extreme Sports
FACT: Fell down a mountain dressed as a penguin
National Sales Manager
Phil truly lives and breathes the fitness and nutrition industry and has a plethora of experience within various aspects of it. Phil completed his MSc in Sports & Exercise Nutrition from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012 giving him a fantastic depth of knowledge in the field of nutrition. While studying he worked as a personal trainer with a national gym chain and also as the academy nutritionist for Leeds United FC. Since then Phil has worked as a sales representative and nutritional educator for one of UK’s leading sports nutrition companies.
Being a great fan of the products since before joining, Phil has made it his mission to ensure everyone gets to taste the Dr Zak’s range.
Interests: Cooking (and eating of course), nutrition, weightlifting, football.
FACT: He confesses to have a borderline unhealthy obsession with peanut butter!