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Know Your Baker

Neighbourhood bakers play a hugely positive role in their communities. One that goes far beyond basic nourishment. Their stories deserve to be heard.

The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they create and the people they serve.

Join Mark Dyck as he talks with bakers and bakery owners from across North America and around the world. Hear about their struggles and triumphs and learn about the satisfaction that feeding a community can provide.

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Apr 20, 2022

Nickey Miller and Josie Rudderham are co-owners of Cake & Loaf in Hamilton, Ontario and are also co-authors of a brand new cookbook called, you guessed it, Cake & Loaf!

In this episode, Nickey and Josie share the story of their bakery, their continued commitment to paying a living wage for their employees, even through...


Mar 16, 2022

Sophie Williams is the founder and baker at Raven Breads in Bellingham, Washington, right across the water from Mark in Victoria.  Sophie has been baking for her community from a shared restaurant kitchen for the more than eight years now.

In this episode, Mark and Sophie talk about her path to baking, the importance of...


Mar 9, 2022

Hazim Tuğun left a successful career in Environmental Engineering to cook for people in the Bay Area, in Cyprus and in Michigan.  Now a Bread Manager at Zingerman's Bakehouse, Hazim is up to his elbows in fresh milled flour every day and is having the time of his life.

In this episode, Mark and Hazim talk about getting...


Mar 2, 2022

Natalie Salzman  grew up in an Austrian mountain village and wound up living and working in Panama.  But she never lost her love of Austrian bread and over time began baking for her family and work colleagues.  These days, she's baking full time at her elegant bakery and bistro Krume Backer. 

In this episode, Mark and...


Feb 23, 2022

When Rachel Wyman sees a need, she does what it takes to meet it, whether it's making life easier for her regulars, motivating local runners with the promise of fresh doughnuts or feeding workers being ignored by the government.  And if the problem is many times larger than anticipated, so be it.

In this episode, Mark...