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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 24, 2019

Daniel Speek grew up in the US but now lives in the Netherlands, where he is slowly and steadily growing a following for his bread and baking.  It's hard work, especially in a market that does not have a strong bread culture.

In this episode, Mark and Daniel talk about the bread scene in Maastricht, alternative ways to...

Apr 17, 2019

It took incredible persistence for Jeffrey Hamelman to become a bread baker.  From the time he finally convinced a local bakery owner to hire him, he has grown his knowledge and skills to an immense level.  Thankfully, Jeffrey's life has been as much about teaching as it has been about baking.

In this episode,  Mark and...

Apr 10, 2019


Peter Reinhart is the author of many books on bread and pizza in addition to being a stellar baker and teacher. His 2001 book The Bread Baker's Apprentice was the first bread book Mark ever bought and kick-started hundreds of baking journeys around the world.

In this episode, Mark learns about Peter's winding...

Apr 3, 2019

Marc-Andre Cyr started out with the dream of getting famous as a musician.  Now he's famous to the baker family as a baker, teacher and founder of Montreal's hippest grain conference, Le Goût du Grain / A Taste For Grain.

In this episode, Mark and Marc talk the vibrant restaurant scene in Montreal, getting started in...