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Le Cordon Bleu News, 12/11/2011
Le Cordon Bleu Presents a Gingerbread Village Display
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At the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney

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Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie Teachers Jochen Hess and Karen Wigston together with Le Cordon Bleu students - Amelia LOH, Matilda Jayne SMITH, Rita CHANG, Amy CHEN designed, produced and presented a wonderful gingerbread village for the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney, Café Opera foyer Christmas display.

These students worked voluntarily for over 30 hours on this project under the teachers support. The Village was created with the finest of details including a Patisserie complete with window display full of patisserie items including a miniature croquembouche.

If you are in the Sydney CBD this Christmas season take time to visit the Intercontinental Hotel's Café Opera and view this Festive Display at 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney

History of the Gingerbread House

The tradition of baking the sweetly decorated houses began in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their collection of German fairy tales in the early 1800s. Among the tales was the story of Hansel and Gretel, children left to starve in the forest, who came upon a house made of bread and sugar decorations. The hungry children feasted on its sweet shingles. After the fairy tale was published, German bakers began baking houses of lebkuchen - spicy cakes often containing ginger - and employed artists and craftsmen to decorate them. The houses became particularly popular during Christmas, a tradition that crossed the ocean with German immigrants to the Americas.

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