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Podcast: What makes an award-winning bakery?

Introducing "On The Rise," the first of a series of Flashcasts by Bakers Journal, which explores the best entries to the Jake the Baker contest. Learn how previous Jake The Baker Award Winners have caught the judges' attention with their stories.


January 14, 2020
By Bakers Journal


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Logo courtesy of Sweet B's

Jake The Baker celebrates Canadian bakers who do more than just make treats and raise funds for charity. Jake the Baker winners are those who are part of their community, people who love their neighbours and are in turned, loved and respected for what they bring.

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of “the perfect entry.” The judges aren’t looking for The Great Canadian Novel. Now, there are new ways to enter your bakery to the Jake The Baker contest. Entries can be submit to Bakers Journal’s Facebook Page or through Bakers Journal’s Instagram page.

All you have to do is:

  • You can make a maximum three minute video where you can talk about your bakery, sing, or rap about how you commit yourself to your work every day.
  • Show us through photos, stories, what you do and why: What connection do you have to your community?

No baker will be judged on grammar or spelling, but they are looking for what drives your bakery. What is your house speciality?

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This contest has been generously supported by the founding sponsor, Ardent Mills. The milling company’s commitment to community support helps fuel both fledgling and experienced bakers’ line of creative baked goods.

Listen to the stories of past runners-up for the Jake The Baker award; These entries touched the hearts of the judges by sharing their stories of their commitment to the people who visited their bakery.

Below is the first edition of “On The Rise” a mini-podcast, or “flashcast” for busy bakers. You can hear the story of how the contest started and what bakers are doing to give back to their communities:

Hear the story of Sweet B’s bakery, and learn what caught the judges attention for their Jake The Baker Entry.

Download it on Apple Podcast for listening later, or through Spotify. You can also listen to our whole playlist here. “On The Rise.”