Ace marksman Alec Urosevski has a knack for hitting the back of the net in our National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition but many don’t know that he also has an eye for baking some of the best treats in Sydney, especially Burek, thanks to his early beginnings at his parents well known establishment ‘Alexander’s Bakery’ in Rockdale.
Baking was life while growing up for the 26-year-old as the Urosevski household had a strong passion and desire in taking it to the next level – something Alec has taken with both hands.
“It was hard not to get involved to be honest.
“My parents opened up the first Burek shop called Alexander’s Bakery at Rockdale when I was 4-years old.
“I was always helping my parents out so besides football, baking is all I’ve ever known and continue to do today.”
Alec has since taken control of his own business by continuing on with family tradition out of his factory in Kogarah eloquently called ‘Alexander’s Bakery Junior’.
It is there he swaps the boots and shin pads and replaces it with producing a different kind of magic via flour and dough creating quality pastries.
“Per week we average around three to four thousand pastries throughout our markets as well as at our shop at Westfields Hurstville which we distribute out of my factory at Kogarah.
“It’s early mornings but all very worth it.”
Asked what his ‘go to’ pastry was, Urosevski could not pass up a fresh Nutella Doughnut from the oven.
“That’s right, I honestly cannot go past our delicious Nutella Doughnut especially in the mornings that I know I don’t have training that same evening.”
The baker craft runs throughout the family with his brother Roman, who has an uncanny resemblance to all-time rapper Drake, who too has become a major player in the pastry game in Sydney thanks to his ‘Son of a Baker’ concept with locations in Sans Souci, Westfields Miranda and Botany.
“Son of a Baker was created by my older brother Roman who supplies all the croissants and cronuts for all my locations, so yes, you could say that we have all continued on with the family tradition of baking, it’s in our blood.”
Urosevski made the tough decision to opt against playing in the reboot of the NPL NSW Men’s competition kicking off later this month with his beloved Rockdale City Suns, placing a huge emphasis on his family and business instead.
“It wasn’t easy but Football wise, I’m actually having the year off so I can focus on my family and the business.
“Our son is 8-months old and personally, as much as I love football and the Rockdale City Suns, I had to prioritize my life outside of the game.
“I will definitely miss the Rockdale boys and the banter around the changeroom.
“I can tell you though that one thing I won’t miss is the running, but I know coach Steve Zoric will get the boys fit and ready to go for the recommencement of the season and I want to wish them nothing but the best.”
On becoming a proud new father, Urosevski said it was one the best feelings in the world.
“Being a father is amazing.
“There have been so many little special moments that I never knew could make me so happy.
“I am really grateful for my fiancé for being such a wonderful mother and taking care of little Tommy all night while I’m at our shop.”
Good luck with the venture Alec, we know the football goals and the Suns will be calling your name in 2021, until then, save us a couple of Nutella Doughnuts would you?
Some of the amazing treats created by Alec from his bakery
Alec shown with his fiance Tatiana and son Tommy