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)*7>-"4:"8WWLTM;PIaVM)TQ[WV,IUM<PQ[_WVÂź\P]Z\IJQ\ )TQ[WV;PIaVMIVL[XWV[WZJIVVMZ[,IUMI_WZSQVXZWOZM[[ criteria were to use edible items, internal support structure was allowed and there was no height or size restriction. But the decoration and infrastructure required for this creation was as outstanding as the lady herself. She was life-size and a design like that requires a substantial base, to make sure everything stays upright. The team used everything from fondant to isomalt, rice crispies to fairy Ă&#x2026;VZZSHJLTH[Z[VZOPTTLYWV^KLYHUK [OLLŃ&#x153;LJ[^HZH^OVSLSV[VMWPaaHaa Just in case there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite enough â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;big, bold and beautifulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Team BITA decided â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; required her very own pooch. Also needing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;constructionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, along with primping and pampering, like

only a poodle does. The result being [OLWPURLZ[I\UKSLVMMHPY`Ă&#x2026;VZZKVN that anyone would be proud to take for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;walkiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Finally, their dedication, ingenious design and construction plus extraordinary ZRPSSZWHPKVŃ&#x153;^P[O:OH`ULHUK(SPZVU ^PUUPUN[OLJVTWL[P[PVUÂśĂ&#x201E;YZ[WYPaLILPUN sponsored by Manildra Group. The judges were the renowned cake artists, Karen Portaleo and Faye Cahill, as well as the QCDA team. And after the rigours of competition were over, Shayne with his endless enthusiasm and energy then held classes on the last day of the expo, teaching devotees how

to create the enchanting stamped modern Phalaenopsis orchid and Advanced Piping & Brush Embroidery. Congratulations to all who competed, but thank you Team BITA for your inspired LŃ&#x153;VY[Z[VZOV^[OLJHRLKLJVYH[PUN^VYSK what can be achieved with optimism, imagination and a great big dollop of fairy Ă&#x2026;VZZ QCDA hold the Qld Cake Expo annually, see here for more info: http://www. qldcakeexpo.com.au Special thanks to: Cakes Around Town, Manildra Group, The Healthy Baker and Bakels

Shayne Greenman

Dame Edna Everage

Alison Harvey

Shayne is an incredibly talented international award-winning culinary artist. He completed his Pastry Chef apprenticeship with the Hyatt, has a KPWSVTHPUĂ&#x2026;VYHSHY[PZ[Y`HUKOHZ^VU far too many cake decorating awards to mention. His unique style and incredible designs have resulted in him winning Australian Grand Champion in Cake Bake & Sweet and the coveted award of Gold Medallist â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mezzo (Y[PZ[PJV7HUPĂ&#x201E;JHaPVULH[[OL:0.,7 European and World Pastry Artisan Cup in Italy. He is currently stamping his style all over training at BITA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lucky apprentices!

For those of you who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the mighty Dame â&#x20AC;&#x201C; hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an abridged version â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Edna is a character devised and portrayed by comedian, Barry Humphries. She came into her own in the 80s and has been an Australian icon ever since. She is known for her MHU[HZ[PJHSS`W\YWSLJVPŃ&#x153;\YLKOHPYJH[ eye glasses, love of gladioli, seriously â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;blingedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; costumes and rapier sharp wit.

Alison is an extremely dedicated trainer. This has been made possible due to her pursuit of knowledge, gaining her (K]HUJLK*LY[PĂ&#x201E;JH[LPU/VZWP[HSP[`HUK her experience by holding positions as WHZ[Y`JOLMPUĂ&#x201E;ULKPUPUNLZ[HISPZOTLU[Z & patisseries throughout England, later settling back in Australia and running her own business, Sweet Fix Designer Cupcakes in Brisbane. She has been involved in many industry competitions, either as judge or coach, gaining a reputation as a committed and generous member of the baking industry. Her passion for all things baking is contagious!

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Australasian Baker Magazine Issue 33  
Australasian Baker Magazine Issue 33