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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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May 31, 2023

Stefan Spicknell knows who his bakery is for.  All he has to do is look out his door on Great Western Road in Glasgow and look at the flats, the schools and the people walking by.  And his deep focus those people, and his craft, is what keeps Cottonrake Bakery grounded in his community. 

In this episode, Mark and Stefan talk about Stefan's journey to the Great Western Road, from a rented kitchen, to a tiny shop, to a tiny shop with a cafe down the road.  And how he's overcome everything from heart surgery to volcanoes to make Cottonrake a mainstay in Glasgow's West End.

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Cottonrake Bakery

@cottonrake on Instagram

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Rise Up! The Baker Podcast website

The Bakers4Bakers Community

Mark's Blog, with the Bakernomics series

Mark on Instagram


Produced and hosted by Mark Dyck

Theme song and music by Robyn Dyck

Orange Boot Human logo by Fred Reibin