Happy Birthday Nathan!!
My little nephew turns 7 today! That was the age I was in 1985 (see yesterday's post) thinking about this year's birthday, which is tomorrow. Yes, I'm an April Fool's Baby. No, the doctor didn't say to my mom that I was a girl and then April Fools. I think I've heard them all.
So, every year the culinary school has a symposium which is basically a day of workshops and lectures dealing with all things culinary related based on the theme for the year. This year's theme happened to be Chicago: Past, Present, and Future. Along with other duties, they put me in charge of organizing the cake competition this year. I decided, to make it really easy on everyone, to do styrofoam cakes with fondant. The challenge for the students was to keep within the theme (Chicago: My Kind of Town) and to make sure that everything on their cake was edible (no wood, metal, plastic, etc.) They worked in teams of two and we had 12 entries. I am really proud of all of them because this was their first time working with fondant (which is not easy to work with).
So here are the cakes. Again, THESE ARE NOT MY CAKES!