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.
Ahuva Gottdiener, owner and baker of Homegrown Kosher in Monsey, NY
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 Homegrown Kosher, found a business model that works for her, and how she is able to feed her Orthodox Jewish community and stay true to her own faith as well.
Stephane Swane, publisher and editorial director at Modernist Cuisine
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 meal, the design decisions that went into the book and some of the myths that were dispelled during their research.
Sarah Gonzalez, owner of Spring Hill Bakery and author of Baking With The Bread Lady, from Spring Hill Tennessee
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 new town, how baking builds strong bonds within families and communities, and how Sarah is finding balance and resilience to keep her going for the long term.
Jamie Alexis, owner of Suga Brown Pastries and Catering in Los Angeles, CA
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 the catering business, what it's like to dive into the deep end of an Art Show Gala and how her business craves stability as much as her clients crave Jamie's Pineapple Cloud.
Repost: John Reid from 2019
From August 2019, Mark's conversation with John Reid, baker and owner of Red Beard Historic Bakery in Australia and one of the organizers of the 2019 Grainz Gathering.
John died on September 16, 2021 at age 58.
Eric Pallant, baker and author of Sourdough Culture: a history of bread making from ancient to modern bakers.
Eric Pallant is an avid baker and bread head and is the author of the new book "Sourdough Culture: a history of bread making from ancient to modern bakers." The book is both a love story to sourdough baking and an entertaining account of bread baking throughout history.
In this episode, Mark and Eric take a deep dive into the history of bread, the complementary relationship between sourdough culture and brewers' yeast, and how bread baking helps us recover our time and maintain some magic in our lives.
Derek Vann-Vann’s Fine Bakery
Love this podcast started listening to it when we decided to open a bakery. Extremely helpful, also can’t help but love Marks friendliness.
Oh wow how did I not know this podcast!?
What a gem. Great guests and a great (hello Saskatchewan!) host! This will definitely keep me busy for a while. I love the stories and tips and information. A bread baker’s dream come true!
Just listened to the Jeff McCarthy/Breadservice episode & connected deeply with his story. As a stay-at-home-dad with a modest home bread business, this was balm for my soul in many ways. This show is more about bakers than baking & that is its strength for sure. Thanks, Mark!