Keen to decorate dessert like a Master Chef? Then head along to Celebration Cooking on the 1st Floor 720 New Canterbury Road, Canterbury and join Jessica Pedemont in this hands on class to explore the colourful and vibrant world of of decorating cakes and desserts. Learn the art of pastry from the industry’s finest. We always seem to see those celebrity chefs on TV and they make it all look super easy by taking a pinch of this and adding a cup of that. Then transforming the ingredients into something that makes our mouth water like as if we saw a supermodel walk across the room. At the Celebration Cooking they do the same, by providing step-by-step process at an absolute beginner or seasoned level from $220 a class and then turn you into a patisserie decorator master.
Guess who made this?! Hint it’s someone who cannot cook and is VERY messy 😛
Now which door will you choose today? 😛
There is so many types of cacao in different processes. Check out the mini museum hidden at the corner.
We are first welcomed with our own individual notes, ganache, chocolate cake and tea towel in class. Yes did I mention you get your very own CAKE…no need to share for those who like it all to themselves *raise my hand*.
Getting the wafer party started
Starting her own business called Chocolate Artisan 8 years ago and just launched her very own Sydney based cooking school early this year AND happen to be the FINALIST for the “Local Business Awards 2015“- Jessica Pedemont, a Muay Thai Kickboxer who is highly regarded pastry chef with over 18 years of experience, runs a cooking class most weekends and offer personalised class. Classes are an ideal way to learn the basics of sugar craft and with a house-made coffee made by Jessica herself on arrival and the opportunity to take home the treats you create, who wouldn’t want to participate? Not only does this bad ass chef uses her fists and elbows along with various wrestling techniques in her own cooking classes just so she can score more points, but she already won the match for being the most sweetest chef you’d ever meet.
HEY it’s Jessica Pedemont in her PINK Chef uniform.
We start off with cooking some cake lace in decorative moulds and my oh my am I impressed with how easy this looks. You so can do this at home if Jessica was next to you.
DIY cake lace moulds
Spotted an EDIBLE “Food Scene” painting made by Jessica who was nominated to make an art work for Australian Cake Decorating Network gallery at the Cake Bake Sweet Show “Sydney in Cake” exhibition. The theme was “What inspires me about Sydney?”. It is clearly evident a lot has got to do with edible ingredients…and mostly sweets I believe. It’s a NO BRAINER that there is royal icing, chocolate, modeling chocolate, rice paper, icing, gum paste, edible paints and wafer paper. Yeah you name it kiddo.
This painting is edible kids!
I knew straight away this girl LOVES her CHOCOLATE as she is so passionate and detailed about explaining the right ingredients for each type of chocolate cake. Who knew I found my chocolate soul mate. Teehee. Stepping away from the kitchen and kickboxing scene Jessica spends her time writing for the Australian Baking Business that offers an inside look at the news and views affecting today’s baking industry.
True face of a chocolate lover.
Time to set-up a round cake with chocolate ganache and create sharp edges.
Tough love was seen here as we carefully place the warm gooey ganache that was re-heated to the surface of the cake. It felt like a lifetime smoothing the surface as I tried not to remove sweat off my face when dealing with something so delicate in front of me.
You need steady surgical hands to create smooth surfaces for this cake.
SUCCESS for Nessy Eater Girl!
We now move on to colour and handling techniques for fondant. We decided sunset orange and with confidence the cake will look even brighter.
I can see a rainbow
During the roll of sugar fondant icing, we somehow created Mr. Blob. Teehee.
Minutes before we started our class we had the pleasure to meet Tommy Prosser, who worked at the 1 Michelin starred Gravetye Manor and 3 Michelin starred Waterside Inn. Tommy tells us he dreams of one day eating in all the world’s best restaurants. Not just a man who knows how to cook though, it turns out Tommy’s quite the fighter as well…the sporting kind of course.
Sneaky shot of Jessica Pedemont and partner in crime Tommy Prosser.
I spy C-A-K-E!!!
SPOTTED another cake display.
Best quote ever for hard workers 🙂
NOW it’s time to cover with ready to roll sugar fondant icing. Be prepared to work-out your arms as it requires all strengths from your upper body.
We set-up a round cake with chocolate ganache and created a magnificent smooth edging. The beauty of this cake is its simplicity. Crisp orange edges and a comfy icing fondant are a solid go-to cake.
I think my ego just boosted for making this cake look so smooth…
There may have been a competition happening between four of us students in the wafer class.
Time to make wafer rose.
Our cake lace moulds are set.
Personally the most difficult part of this class was having patience. We spent a generous amount of time outlining the shapes of the leaves, cutting out and brushing with edible glue. Sadly that wasn’t the hard part. It was making sure you didn’t glue your fingers to other wafer paper leaves. In the end we pulled through and below is what we ended up with. What do you guys think? 😀
*Woo-hoo* Made a wafer paper from scratch
Did you know that this decorative lace mould is edible?!?!
We are almost finished with making our own wafer rose paper cake and now our eyes pay close attention to Jessica as she demonstrates the final steps. I swear I was DEFEATED with Jessica’s 18+ years experience as it looks easy from here as she sticks on the cake laces within seconds.
Jessica teaching us the handling techniques.
Okay…I may not be the best cake decorator but the smell of the cake was astonishing. MUST not eat this cake till it is complete…
Now that’s a wrap folks of the wafer paper rose cake class.
WOAHZA! How simply was that? Hehe
It’s impossible to ignore these cakes…
Incredible hard work has been put to these wafer rose cakes.
You don’t leave empty handed at Celebration Cooking with Jessica Pedemont.
Top view of Nessy Eater’s Wafer Paper Rose Cake. Suspense is killing me to show you!!!!
But FIRST let me show you “behind the scenes” …#Sorrynotsorry…yeah I am childish 😛
We did it GIRLS! Totes can be a pastry chef any day…*coughs*
Jessica Pedemont has an enormous range of cooking and decorating classes to choose from including Brioche Nutella Star, Macaron Mayhem, Handbag cake and Christmas Fruit Cake just to name a few. They are perfect for all ages even catering some of her classes for the wild kids you may have. Jessica’s classes are also an excellent gift to give or if you are impressing the family or maybe someone special *wink wink*. With less than 4 weeks to go till Christmas i’d be be scheduling classes before they all book out. Just make sure you don’t mess with her otherwise she’ll organise a Muay Thai match and we know who will win this one. Teehee.
We had to do kawaii poses just for the sake of it 😀
Tell me about yourself Jessica Pedemont
I started Martial Arts when I was 15, mostly kickboxing and Muay Thai. I’ve always been athletic. I progressed to mixed martial arts, competing on a professional world level, then eventually was asked to do freestyle wrestling for Australia and competed at Oceana. As a kid, I was a national gymnast. I’m always game to learn new things. I love to travel, meet new people, different cultures.
When did you realise being a Pastry Chef was your passion? And do you have any passions outside of cooking?
While I still also do work as a savoury chef, my passion for pastry was a natural progression. I’d trained in both, as you do. Other passions, as above, include sport, well-being and travel.
How did the opportunity at Celebration Cooking come about?
Andrew, the owner of Celebration Cakes, is someone I’ve known in the industry for many years and he offered me this space where I’m current teaching. It’s been a great opportunity to have a dedicated facility so close to my home.
Tell me about being in the FINALIST for the “Local Business Awards 2015”? What was rushing through your mind when you received the news?
It was a pretty unbelievable as I’d only just opened. It’s been a great privilege to be recognised for our work.
What personal quirks does your team tease you about?
Since fitness is important to me, I still like to balance all my cooking with a good workout…
What’s your process for coming up with a new cooking/decorating classes?
We do take a lot of student feedback, recommendations…I’m always open to new ideas. Often my students will ask for things…which is really encouraging. Classes for kids, water colour cookies, marzipan, etc.
Is there a chef that you admire?
I admire chefs who are hard-working, who have a sensitive palette, who have skill, talent, poise…who are deeply passionate and elegant to watch work…oh and and a sense of adventure, a great pedigree, amazing experiences in kitchens…it makes me think of my partner Tommy Prosser. He’s also very humble, which is a killer trait, so I don’t mind mentioning him here. I also like what Jaime Oliver has done. Doing a lot to help communities, get people to think and act, love his fresh approach to food, even making good/healthy eating easy and quick where appropriate.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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