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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 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 baking team.

In this episode, Mark learns about Mitch's circuitous route in cooking from Alabama to Colorado, making the switch to baking and then to teaching.  They also discuss the Guild's Artisan Baking Certification program and why young bakers need to be tenacious and fearless to build a career that matters.

Helpful Links:

"If" by Rudyard Kipling

Mitch Stamm on YouTube

Mitch at Johnson & Wales University

Rise Up! The Baker Podcast website

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