Le Cordon Bleu News, 02/26/2009
“My passion for pastries and cake decorating goes back a long time, ever since my childhood in Germany. In 1998, after a few years working as a flight attendant, I decided to move to London to follow my dream, and enrolled at the internationally renowned Le Cordon Bleu London for a Grand Diplôme. Although patisserie was my real passion, I felt I needed a strong background in cuisine too.
My beginnings as a student were quite a challenge, with difficulties with the language and culture. But eventually, with the help of Le Cordon Bleu’s Master Chefs and the staff, I managed to graduate top of the class, obtaining the best grade in the Superior Patisserie final exam!
From there, I worked as a pastry chef at London's Lanesborough Hotel, followed by a position as cake decorator at Konditor & Cook on London’s South Bank. This experience allowed me to further perfect my cake decorating skills and develop personal style. I decided to then open my own business in 2003, Peggy Porschen Cakes (www.peggyporschen.com), specialising in celebration cakes and producing a highly-sought after range of exquisite cakes and cookies. Our creations are featured in top London stores including Fortnum & Mason. We have also supplied celebration cakes for celebrities:
• The Fabergé Eggs for guests at Elton John’s 2003 White Tie and Tiara Ball
• The designer Stella McCartney’s wedding cake
• Anthony Hopkins’ 70th birthday cake
• Sting’s birthday cake
• Celebration cakes for stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna
We also offer masterclasses on cake decorating – recent themes have included Christmas cakes and Valentine's cookies.
I’ve written two books on cake decorating: ‘Romantic Cakes’ and ‘Pretty Party Cakes’ and am now in the process of writing a 3rd one!
Studying at Le Cordon Bleu was the stepping stone in my career. I learned the proper techniques from the best chefs and how to be highly meticulous and hard working.
I would definitely recommend the school to anybody with a serious passion for food! ”
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