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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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Oct 20, 2021

Kristen Richards was taking the slow & steady route to open her bakery, from baking school to apprenticing in NYC, to working as a pastry chef for a restaurant group in Maryland.  But Covid threw her a curveball which forced her into some quick decisions.  Thankfully, her community embraced Kristen, her baking and Front...


Oct 13, 2021

With her bakery and lifestyle blog Homegrown Kosher, Ahuva Gottdiener is feeding her community two ways. Not only is she baking excellent kosher-certified sourdough bread, but she is promoting a life that is more connected to the land and the people who grow your food.

In this episode, Mark learns how Ahuva started...


Oct 6, 2021

Stephane Swane is the publisher and editorial director at Modernist Cuisine, which recently launched a deep dive into pizza with Modernist Pizza.

In this episode, Mark and Stephanie discuss her Dakota roots, the work involved to compile such a massive compendium of history, culture and science about our favourite baked...


Sep 29, 2021

When Sarah Gonzalez moved from California to Tennessee, she found a community in desperate need of baked goods.  So she started feeding people, through farmers markets, a retail bakery and now with a cookbook and baking classes.

In this episode, Mark and Sarah talk about how Spring Hill Bakery burst on the scene in her...


Sep 22, 2021

Jamie Alexis was going to be a lawyer and a judge before she realized it was more rewarding (and tastier) to feed The People instead.  She opened Suga Brown Pastries and Catering in 2017 and hasn't looked back, making a splash at events throughout LA County.

In this episode, Mark learns some of the ins and outs of...