TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN culinary artist Shayne Greenman is in the running to be crowned Australian Haute Couture Wedding Cake Designer of the Year after next week’s International Cake Show in Brisbane.
Mr Greenman, who owns Tamborine Mountain Couture Wedding Cakes said although he had won awards overseas and represented Australia at culinary events in Italy, France and the U.S, this competition held particular significance for him.
“The competition is by invitation only, it’s a bit like having a Logie nomination because you are nominated by your customers and peers in the wedding industry and you don’t necessarily know that you’ve been nominated,” he said.
“I found out about two months ago when the post went up on Facebook.
“They give you about a week to decide if you want to be in the top 24 and now we are down to the top nine.”
Mr Greenman said he was designing a royal wedding cake for the finals and it was an interesting challenge because it was not often that the chance to design a cake worth more than $10,000 came along.
“Australia hasn’t seen designs on such a grand scale,” he said.
“I’ve been working on this one for about three weeks now and a Google search showed that Meghan is choosing flowers grown at Windsor Castle.
“I’m a keen gardener so I researched what species grow there and found Diana Roses and white peonies, so that gives me at least two types of flower I can use in my design.
“I also Googled St George’s Chapel where the royal wedding will be held and picked out some of the architectural designs I can use on my cake.
“It might not be exactly opulent or over the top but it will have lots of beautiful flowers, elaborate details and a touch of gold.”
The annual event will feature hundreds of cakes on display, some which have been flown in from around the world for the Ultimate Cake Decorating Competition.
Other competition categories range from cupcake bouquet design, sculpted busts, sugar-crafting, celebration cakes, edible art and buttercream cakes.
There will also be a life-sized Alice in Wonderland cake installation featuring all the favourite characters, trees made out of sugar and a sugar gate pulsating with lights.
There’s also architectural tribute cakes created to the theme “iconic Australian structure”, as well as geometric and abstract categories, and stylised edible flower designs.