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Rise Up! The Baker Podcast with Mark Dyck

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The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they created 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.

The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they created 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.




The Rise Up! Podcast is a celebration of bakers, the bakeries they created 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.








Rise Up! #91: Nicky Giusto

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 history in bread and flour. We talk about the connection between baker and miller, the purpose of the Artisan Baking Center and what it's like to compete at the highest...


Rise Up! #90: Jennifer Koertner

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 location offers several advantages and how she was able to find such a great partner in her baker Sarah. Helpful Links: Jen's Bread website @jens_artisan_breads_ on...


Rise Up! #89 - Joanne Chang

Joanne Chang is a shining light on the North American baking firmament. Owner of the hugely successful Flour Bakery in Boston, Joanne is also the author of several beloved cookbooks. In this episode, Mark and Joanne discuss how she made the leap into baking and built up a mini-empire of bakeries around Boston. Expanding beyond a single shop requires a change of focus and Joanne now plays a significantly different role than the early days. And she still has time to write books like Pastry...


Rise Up! #88: Laura Rogerson

Laura Rogerson is bringing the Good Stuff to the people of St. Albert, Alberta. Having baked for the local farmer's market for years, she is now opening her own downtown space to both bake and teach baking classes. In this episode Mark and Laura talk about building a customer base over time, what it takes to expand to new markets and how she's keeping her build out costs manageable in her new space. Helpful Links: Breadlove Website @breadlove_ca on Instagram Support the Show...


Rise Up! #87: Richard Placzek and Sammy Wardrop

Richard Placzek is really into baking. Really, really into baking. But it was once he teamed up with Sammy Wardrop that his bakery really took off. In this episode, Mark talks with both Richard and Sammy about their individual baking journeys, how they met one day at a London farmers market and how they are slowly building The Whole Grain Hearth into a southern Ontario highlight. Helpful Links: The Whole Grain Hearth Website @wholegrainhearth on Instagram Support the Show Here! Rise...


Rise Up! #86: Jodi Whalen and Phil Merrick

Jodi Whalen and Phil Merrick opened August First Bakery and Cafe in Burlington Vermont back in 2010 and step by step have grown it into a sustainable business for them, their staff and their community. They even have the team and systems in place where they can step back from the day to day operations of the bakery. In this episode, Jodi and Phil share their journey in baking and in business, and share their experience in building a business that will continue after their...


Rise Up! #85: What Should We Track In The Bakery? What Should We Automate?

It doesn't take more than a handful of products before a bakery owner asks "How can I stay on top of everything?" Yet once the Pandora's Box of tracking spreadsheets is opened, it becomes harder and harder to leave the screen and get back to the bench. In this episode, Mark talks about the tracking alternatives available to bakers, from pen and paper to major enterprise level software. And then he asks the most important question: What is "good enough?" Helpful Links: Support the Show...


Rise Up! #84: Business Development Planning For Your Bakery

After a busy holiday season, the start of January is the perfect time for some well deserved rest. But once your rested, smart bakery owners take some time to plan out their business development activities for the year ahead. In this episode, Mark describes a 7 step method that he and Cindy used to plan out business development for their bakery, including a current business assessment, setting realistic development goals and bringing their bake team along for the ride. Helpful...


Rise Up! #83: Alexis Hughes-Williams

Not only is Alexis Hughes-Williams building her pop-up bakery, Something Sweet, but she's building a non-profit to empower young women at the same time. In this episode, Mark learns about how Alexis learned to bake from her great-grandmother, built up a popular pop-up bakery and intends to expand it beyond Nashville, while keeping Girl unKnown a prominent part of her life. Helpful Links: Something Sweet Website Support the Show Here! Rise Up! The Baker Podcast website The...


Rise Up #82: Eddy Mysliwiec

Eddy Mysliwiec worked as a chef while he got his degree and started working for the City of Victoria. But his love of food was too strong. Moving to Montreal, he started Breddy Boulangerie and is becoming a major part of his cities vibrant food scene. In this episode, Mark and Eddy talk about growing up in France, the pros and cons of a desk job and Eddy's plans for his microbakery. Helpful Links: @breddyboulangerie on Instagram Rise Up! The Baker Podcast website The Bakers4Bakers...


Rise Up! #81: Janice Mansfield

Janice Mansfield switched careers from an office to personal chef, caterer and gluten free baker. Now she is the Bakery Manager of Yonni's Doughnuts, the sweet and leavened counterpart to the excellent Discovery Coffee roasters and coffee shops. In this episode, Mark learns about how Yonni's has risen and evolved alongside Discovery Coffee, Janice's journey from the office to the bake room and how her love of processes and systems has given her bakers an extra hour's sleep every...


Rise Up! #80 - Amy Scherber

Amy Scherber is founder of Amy's Bread, an New York City Institution. Starting in a tiny space in Hell's Kitchen in 1992, her bakery now spans five locations and even a kiosk in the New York Public Library. Through it all, Amy has been a generous teacher, sharing her knowledge of baking and running a successful business. In this episode, Mark and Amy talk about the early days of the bakery and how things have changed over 27 years. He also learns what keeps Amy excited as her business...


Rise Up! #79 - Dawn Woodward

It turns out the Evelyn's Crackers is about way more than crackers. It's a thriving micro-bakery in Toronto, Ontario which is focused on whole grain bread and pastries, home baker education and yes, crackers. In this episode, Mark talks with Dawn Woodward, owner of Evelyn's, about her journey north from New Orleans to settle in Toronto, the growth of the bakery and the challenges and opportunity for pursuing local grains in her bakery. Helpful Links: Evelyn's Crackers...


Rise Up! #78 - Daniel Leader

Daniel Leader is founder of Bread Alone Bakery and author of three outstanding books on bread and bakeries (in addition to being one of Mark's baking heroes!) His latest book, Living Bread, continues to inform local bakers via innovations in European baking and milling. In this episode, Mark and Daniel talk about the struggles the current micro-bakers face as they build businesses for the long term, in the context of the innovation he's seen in Europe. It's a challenging and compelling...


Rise Up! #77: Laura Valli

Laura Valli is taking a long and winding path to her education, whether she's in school or out. She recently left her home in Estonia to study at The Bread Lab at Washington State University and is exploring the deep connection between humans and grains. In this episode, Mark learns about life in Estonia, Laura's world class pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee and what it's like to combine the humanities and wheat breeding. He's also inspired to get over his fear of whole rye...


Rise Up! #76 - Amanda Bowers

After leaving the Navy, Amanda Bowers moved to Gainesville, Florida to open a cafe like the ones she loved in Italy. Instead of the cafe, however, she built several iterations of her bakery over 10 years. It's now a dedicated wholesale bakery serving cafes around town. In this episode, Mark and Amanda talk about her decision to keep her bakery small and family run and the choices that required. We also learn how forming collaborative partnerships between local businesses helps all...


Rise Up! #75: Anne Mayhew

Anne Mayhew loves working with her hands. Starting as a costumer and fibre artist, she eventually fell under gluten's spell and started baking bread. A loaf, then two, then 24 at a time before she realized she really should start a bakery. In this episode, Mark and Anne talk about her long and winding road toward opening LMNOP, being the village baker in a town with some very famous residents, deciding her next moves and how she got such an interesting name for her bakery. Helpful...


Rise Up #74: The RealityCast

If the last episode of Rise Up! was about fantasy (Ep 73 - the Fantasy BakeryCast) then this episode is about the reality of opening your own bakery. Cindy and Mark, partners in Orange Boot Bakery in Regina, Saskatchewan, reflect on their experience launching and running their own bakery. They draw on the perspective gained by time away from the bakery and the wide variety of bakery owners who have been on the podcast so far. They share several things that they wish they did better and...


Rise Up! #73: The Fantasy BakeryCast

Rise Up! is back after a longer than anticipated hiatus. In this episode, Mark gives an update on their move out West. Later, his wife Cindy runs Mark through a series of questions (developed during the drive to Vancouver Island) to help him discover The Bakery of His Dreams. The business model will surprise you! Helpful Links: Rise Up! The Baker Podcast website Mark's Blog, with the Bakernomics series Mark on Instagram


Rise Up! #72: Elizabeth Belkind

Elizabeth Belkind was helping Russian immigrants receive war reparations before switching to working with her hands and her taste buds. Local foodies have enjoyed her pastries and cakes ever since. Since opening Cake Monkey in LA thirteen years ago, her business has grown and changed one tiny cake at a time. In this episode, Mark and Elizabeth talk about the switch to cooking, working with Nancy Silverton, and how she met her business partner Lisa Olin from a Craigslist ad that said "Must...