We made a plaque which is a really cool idea because basically it can sit on top of the cake and can be on either a cake board made of cardboard or can be made of edible material such as gumpaste or pastillage. Then when the cake wants to be eaten, the plaque is taken off and can be saved. He said for baby showers he will make a plaque with the child's name and birth date on it and a half 3D baby under a blanket (like the snowman) and then he will give sell the couple a shadow box that has a nail they can then hang the plaque on and keep for forever. I don't like the fact that the one we made is on a cake board but I think it is a really neat idea if it is all technically edible but won't go bad with time. So we made this Winter Wonderland themed plaque. We used a mixture of fondant and gumpaste for all the things on the board. The letters and the snowflakes were all cut out with little cookie-like cutters. The snowman is just built up 50/50 (called 50/50 mix because its half fondant and half gumpaste) that was then covered with little accessories. The moment when I truly appreciated the genius of Chef Nicholas was when we started to work on the scarf. Before each day, he would set a few tools on our table that we would be using during the class period. This day, we got a toothbrush and we were all so confused and he told us just to wait until the demo to see what it was used for. So when he started making the scarf he told us to use the toothbrush bristles to create a wool like look for the scarf. Seriously?!?! Who thinks of that? I was literally awestruck by the smallest thing because it's obviously incredible all of the things he does but its the little stuff that just blew me away.
I can't tell you how many times throughout the two weeks that he said, "so when I was creating this technique/tool...". It is unbelievable to be working with such a person.