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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 8, 2020


Matthew Duffy is all over Instagram with his baking and cooking videos, spreading the good word about great bread.  He's also teaching the next generation of bakers at Centennial College in Toronto.

In this episode, Mark learns all about Matthew's long and winding career, cooking for celebrities and with celebrity...

Mar 26, 2020

It seems that every baker and bakery owner out there has been affected by Coronavirus.  

We are hosting a free live Zoom Call on Monday March 30 at Noon PT to get together with bakers from all around the world to talk about how you are adapting in a world turned upside down.

You are invited!  To join the call, sign up...

Mar 18, 2020

How are you dealing with The Virus?  Are you hanging in there?   In this episode, Mark riffs on the impacts to bakers, how what was impossible is now possible, and how we need a better story once this crisis has passed. 

Now is not the time to give up!  We can get through this together!


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Feb 26, 2020

Nicky Giusto is a fourth generation baker and miller and is carrying on the Giusto legacy with great aplomb. Nicky competed at the Coupe du Monde and was the coach of Team USA at the most recent competition, in addition to starting the Artisan Baking Center in Petaluma, CA.

In this episode, Nicky shares his family...

Feb 19, 2020

Jennifer Koertner is in the centre of the action in her micro-bakery, Jen's Breads. Her kitchen is in the local community centre; all the better to make her place part of the fabric of Mt. Morris, Illinois!

In the episode, Mark and Jennifer discuss the challenges with being a small town market baker, how her central...