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GINGERBREAD Pastry-Ville 2015

Led by Chef Jansen Chan, the Professional Pastry Arts chef-instructors and students at International Culinary Center became kitchen elves this past week, building this year’s gingerbread showpiece.

From the brioche apartment buildings to the doughnut lighthouse to the cracked egg waterfall forming the town river, Pastry-Ville is a sweet lovers’ paradise. The Garden District’s asparagus houses and carrot row houses are made of fondant, while the upside down ice-cream cones turn waffle cones into cozy homes.

With its charming candy cane bridge, jellybean pathways and classic gingerbread house, transporting the 4-foot structure was the morning’s entertainment for passersby in Soho, as chefs and students navigated the long block at a snail’s pace. Says Chef Chan, “Taking a large, complex and detailed sugar showpiece through the streets of Soho on a cart to Bloomingdale’s was risky and a little insane.”

Watch the behind the scenes video by Food&Wine:

Elements:

  • Éclair Log Cabin (Pate a Choux)
  • Egg Water Tower: it is cracked and is the source for the river and lake (Pastillage)
  • Egg River, Waterfall & Lake (Sugar)
  • Birthday Cake Bakery Store (Fondant)
  • Candy Cane Bridge (Candy Canes)
  • Eggplant Diner (Fondant)
  • Asparagus Trees (Fondant)
  • Carrot Row Houses (Fondant)
  • Cupcake Cottages (White Cake & Frosting)
  • Cheese Wedge Office Building (Fondant)
  • Upside-down Ice Cream Cone Homes (Fondant & Sugar Waffle Cones)
  • Brioche Apartments (Brioche)
  • Doughnut Lighthouse (Pastillage)
  • “Ginger” Statue (Pastillage & Gingerbread)
  • Classic Gingerbread house (Gingerbread & Pasta)
  • Christmas Tree (Gingerbread & Pasta)
  • Palmier Fence (Palmier)
  • Marshmallow Wall (Marshmallow)
  • Ice Sugar Wall (Sugar)
  • Pathways (Jellybeans)
  • Trees (Gingerbread & Pasta)
  • Snowflake Gingerbread (Gingerbread)

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Intrigued by a career in Pastry Arts? While gingerbread sculptures is not part of the award-winning school’s Professional Pastry Arts program, the techniques and ingredients used are. To find out more, attend an Open House or arrange a personal tour.