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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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Jun 26, 2019

Ask a chef enough questions and you eventually get work in the kitchen.  At least that's what happened to Lisa Somerville.  After always finding extra waitress shifts and asking a ton of questions, Lisa embarked on a varied career as a pastry chef in restaurants and hotels, before finally opening her own bakery in the...

Jun 19, 2019


Mitch Stamm had a long and varied culinary career but truly soared when he switched to baking.   He is a long serving board member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America, renowned baking instructor at Johnson and Wales University and has coached the very best bakers in America via the Team USA competitive...

Jun 12, 2019

Joe Fitzmaurice comes from a long line of bakers and restaurateurs.  But when he and his wife Julie closed their successful Dublin bakery to move to a tiny Eco-village in Cloughjordan, he was making a statement about local community, local grain and the Common Loaf.

In this episode, Mark learns about life in an...

Jun 5, 2019

The pull of craftsmanship is strong in Jerod Pfeffer.  His bakery, 460 Bread in Driggs Idaho, provides exceptional bread throughout the Teton Mountains. And it's drawn him into the world of competitive bread baking as well. Jerod is a member of Team USA , hoping to compete in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie...