We recently sat down with one of the judges from the Sugar Craft Competition, Miriam Pearson, to ask her some questions about her role in the competition and how she ended up doing what she does. Read on for the full interview!
Hi Miriam, Tell us, what part of the world are you from?
- My name is Miriam Pearson & I am from Stratford-on-Slaney, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow
What kind of baking do you do?
- I create, make and supply cake decorations for all occasions, with edible images, handmade sugar flowers, cake toppers and bespoke wedding cake toppers a specialty. My cake decorations travel worldwide, and are available through my website, on social media or through email at email@example.com
Have you competed in any sugar craft competitions?
- Yes, I compete annually in national and international Sugar craft competitions, receiving a silver medal at the World Food Olympics and a European Bakery Cup medal along the way, along with over 200 awards for bakery, confectionery and sugar craft. I still compete annually and this year alone won multiple awards in the national competitions.
Have you any competitions coming up soon?
- Yes, In November I travel to Birmingham to compete in the largest sugar craft show in the world at Cake International.
Have you always loved the craft?
Since the age of 9, I have been making cakes and baking, and have working in the catering trade from age 16. I studied bakery in Kevin Street and graduated with a Diploma. From there I worked in a multi-million pound ingredients company as technical advisor to the bakery and catering trade, working with bakers and chefs to develop new products.
What Boards are you a judge?
I am a judge with the Irish Panel of Chefs, judging at the Catex and Food and Wine Exhibitions, on national and regional shows also.
If you were to give a young budding baker one piece of advice what would it be?
My advice would be this;
First love your job, then be ready for long hours, hard work but a very rewarding career that can take you anywhere.
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