This week in my diary I went to London so this is a round up of my foodie weekend. I think now I need a sugar detox after the amount of cake and sweeties I consumed this weekend!
1. Bumping in to Rachel Khoo
This year my professional mentor is Rachel Khoo after winning the Marie Claire Inspire & Mentor competition. We met in London in June at the final stage interview for the competition and since I won, we have a monthly chat discussing my goals and objectives.
Anyhow, as I was about to go into the El Bulli exhibition at Somerset House in London I heard someone shout my name. I’d gone to the exhibition alone so had no idea who it would be and it turned out to be Rachel! Of all places to meet and me being in London, it really shows that the world is a small place!!!!
2. Cake and Bake Show
I went to London to visit the Cake & Bake show and had such a great time! I met up with my good baking friends:
Annelies from Rising to the Berry
Victoria from Victorious Cupcakes
Nel from The PaperCup Kitchen
Sharon from The Pink Lemonade Bakery
Whilst there, I met up with one of my friends from Barcelona, Patricia Schmidt, who had come especially for the fair. Patricia is a Brazilian cake designer based in Barcelona at the Pasteleria Escriba. She has published various cake decorating books in her native Brazil and her work is fantastic. She made the lovely bull cake for the El Bulli exhibition which I went to and you can see the cake further down the page!
Me and my millionaires shortbread! This was a massive slab that I bought from a Scottish company called Olive Tree Chocolate. Having not had millionaires shortbread in years, this was a real treat.
3. El Bulli exhibition
Whilst living in Barcelona, I always wanted to visit the restaruant El Bulli which was run by Ferran Adria. However, it closed in July 2011 so that dream was taken away from me. However, knowing the exhibition was in London I thought it would be a good idea to see it at Somerset House. The bulldog cake below is made by Patricia Schmidt who I previously mentioned. All the jewels on the collar are made from sugar and the dog has been piped with meringue. That cake must have taken days to make! Patricia must have the patience of a saint!
4. Peggy Porschen Cakes
I paid a flying visit to Peggy Porschen Cakes but I came away empty handed……
5. William Curley Patisserie
I also paid a visit to the William Curley Patisserie and I thought it would be rude to come out empty handed so I HAD to buy a salted caramel chocolate bar!! This was heaven in a chocolate bar!!!! Highly recommended and check out the beautiful packaging!!!
Have you got any nice foodie suggestions for my next visit to London? I love the city and would be keen to know your suggestions!