Sweet Festivity - Nilgiris Annual Cake show
The Roman Colosseum, Christ the Redeemer, Machu Pichu and others from the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’ have been recreated in sugar at the Nilgiris Annual Cake Show, which is on at St. Joseph’s Indian High School, Bangalore. The event which is in its 38th year in the city, has never failed to thrill the viewers. “I have been coming to the annual cake show for several years now. And it has never disappointed me” says Anushka, a senior school teacher who has been a regular at the cake show.
For those who came in late, the Nilgiris cake show is the brainchild of C. Ramachandran, Managing Director of Nilgiris Mechanised Bakery Pvt. Ltd. “I was always fascinated with the art of baking and even got a chance to experiment since my parents owned a bakery. But quite early on I realized that my calling lay in sugar modeling. Sadly, at that time, India did not have many opportunities in this area” recalls Mr. Ramachandran. It was this desire to learn sugar modeling that took him to Europe, where he visited countries like Switzerland, Holland and Germany simply to get inspired by the leading bakers. In Germany he worked for Boromouth, a prominent name in the European confectionary scene. But it was in Belgium where the sugar modeling idea grew as a big passion. What followed next was his pursuit of the same in India.
It was this lifelong passion that saw the birth of the Nilgiris Annual Cake Show in year 1970. Since then it has been a memorable ride for Mr. Ramachandran and his crew of cake makers who, over the years, they have successfully made miniatures of the Mysore Palace, Bangalore Palace, Titanic, Vidhana Soudha and several other historic structures. “Every show is aimed primarily at children. Adults who have a keen eye for technique also find interest in such exhibits” points out Mr. Ramachandran. To every show there is a specialty and that comes as the center piece, he adds. For 2008, the center piece was of course the colossal Buckingham Palace, greeting visitors, right at the entrance!
The Nilgiris Cake Show, this year, is more spectacular for more than one reason as, it brings with it the news that Mr. Ramachandran would very soon be teaching the art of baking. His soon to be launched school, Ceaar’s School of Sugar Craft and Baking may actually offer a facelift to the rather dull bakery scene in Bangalore. The courses on offer will be for those who wish to pursue a baking or catering as a profession.
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