Cake Decorators Guild Of New South Wales Inc, 16th State Seminar 15th – 17th May 2015 – Wagga Wagga

I was invited to be a guest demonstrator and here is one of the display pieces I recreated from chocolate and sugar, Tropical Birds of the Rainforest – inspired by a painting which I recreated a while ago called ‘Friends In High Places’  originally inspired by a painting from Renee Le Compte – Parrots of the World. What a busy and enjoyable weekend.10951422_923616161024181_4563891895808372547_n DSC_1202 DSC_1205 DSC_1207 DSC_1208 DSC_1209 DSC_1210 DSC_1213 DSC_1221 DSC_1225 DSC_1226 DSC_1227

100 Years of ANZAC 1915 – 2015

1915 – 2015

April 25th 2015 marks the 100th Centenary Anniversary of The Gallipoli Landing.

A fitting tribute to mark this historic anniversary of unparalleled Importance in Australia and New Zealand, The ANZAC history…

This cake features soldiers as they bravely approach the beach landing at Gallipoli with their Enfield rifles in their hands. Today we acknowledge these soldiers courage and selflessness, who fought for our countries freedom. Uncle Albert as we knew him, my Grandmas eldest brother was enlisted to go and fight the Great War at the age of 19, a week before this he had been married to Laura his beautiful beau. He went away to fight in the Dardanelles now known as Gallipoli. Albert Embarked upon the HMAT Medic A7 ship at Port Melbourne Docks on the 16th December 1916.

In his pocket were a set of dice his loving Laura had slipped in as a good luck charm and to perhaps start a game of roll the dice with the boys to pass the time.

Albert fought on the frontline, he lost his life when he discovered a bomb planted which detonated as he signaled for the others to stay away, and he saved 13 lives of his Battalion brothers in losing his.

My cake which I have made is for the memory of my Uncle Albert, in doing this I help to keep his memory and legacy alive, long may he rest with angels and may we all remain free.

My cake is a three tiered floating design referencing those two dice which he had in his pocket.

The war medals are replicas in sugar of his ‘dog tag’ which is his identification tag.

At the top you see the Anzac emblem the rising sun, barbed wire wrapped around the top tier represents the battlefield and the silhouettes of men in a battalion going forth to fight.

The second stacked cube was perfect to display Uncle Albert’s War medals. Ticker tape ribbon is also included intertwined with wattle and other elements of the design.

The base plinth I wanted to do the story ‘At the going down of the Sun – We shall remember – Lest We Forget’.

The poppies are the shed blood and you see all poppy buds hang their heads in remembrance. A silhouette of the lone pine watches over the burial site of many unmarked graves where men lost their young lives.

The base board consists of a leather belted board, in War when a family member dies they return belts, watches, and other bits and pieces to remember them by. This belt symbolizes our nation and how it is securely fastened to its ANZAC legends.  And who can forget the Golden wattle to remember the clear spring days and sunny skies back home in Australia. Often you see this worn as a little sprig tucked into the headband of the  The slouch hat,  Leather army boots and Enfield rifle complete with its bayonet could not be left out.

I placed the whole cake upon a board covered in old wool bale hessian because their basic mattresses and bed rolls were made from these types of fibers.

A lot of thought and references were used in my design, I hope today and always you will remember why these young men some in their teens went off to fight, what was their motivation and why they did this, they did this so that we may know freedom and a life free from tyranny. So please respect them and always remember!  Thanks Shayne Greenman Chef.


Benalla Art Gallery – Free Art School Culinary Art Workshop

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A tribute to the master – Claude Monet.

His magnificently famous ‘Waterlilies’ series paintings.

On Saturday 03/01/2015 The Benalla Art Gallery hosted Shayne as artist in residence to present a Lecture in Culinary Art to a group of eager participants.

A Large edible canvas painted in the tache style began as seperate  small squares of chocolate slowly painted and built up by Shayne and  the students and assembled as one large piece to  complete the piece. A great fun day was had by all inside the cooler gallery as outside the Hot summer temperatures soared to well over 50 degrees celcius.

Thanks to all at –

2014 Tulsa Oklahoma State Fair

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My great friend Mrs Kerry Vincent, our favourite cake challenge judge and tv personality, queen of the cake world invited me across to the United States as a guest presenter, whilst I was there I thought I would make the most of the trip and enter a cake into the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition. Little did I know that upon landing I would go out to a restaurant not far from my hotel and have a late dinner that night I arrived. Come the following morning and I couldn’t move my head off the pillow, dizzy and a head which felt like bursting, I was so tired and jetlagged and I though it was that from a very big harrowing flight, I stood up and began to become more and more ill, and I only had three days to complete my entry for the wedding cake competition, I thought there and then I would be best to just pull out and apologise, I was becoming more and more ill, I sat in the shower with the water running thinking, what have I done, I am going to die, thousands of miles away from home and never realising a long held dream of competing in the best wedding cake competition in the world, I felt terrible , like I had let myself, my family and my friends down. I decided to suck it up and just stay as motivated as I could have when I felt at my weakest. I ordered litres of water up to the room and just purged trying to flush the food poisoning out of me, in retrospect if I had have went to the doctor my entries would never have been completed. Nor would the demonstration preparation been completed, there is no way I wanted to pull out. If it wasn’t for Kerry supporting me and staying in contact making sure I was ok, I would have just pulled the pin. I am so glad I never did. The Friday come around in a blur and then the day all of the Grand National Wedding cakes had to be brought in for final assembly and displayed on their own individual table.  I was able to get a glimpse into an amazing world at the River Spirit Expo Centre and Fairground Tulsa Oklahoma, what a wonderful City with kind and generous, welcoming people. I met people who come from all walks of life, from all over the USA and the world, especially for this event and I couldn’t miss it for the world. I was blessed, even though I was sick and felt bad, it is the people and the support I received made everything completely worth while and brought everything in to perspective, you see I met the most amazing wonderful people who had hardship I could never have imagined and they fought the battle and won because here they were travelled thousands of mile with a cake just to show their skill , their love and their passion, and share it with everyone, I learned that in fact it was not even about competing against someone else for the best cake, it was all about your own personal journey and personal achievements, being able to defy hardship, time travel, breakages along the way , sure the cakes were all amazing and beautiful and magical and astounding pieces of sugar art, but without the astounding and wonderful eclectic people with their wonderful journeys, yes these are the ones who make OSSAS the Superbowl of cake with the wonderful Kerry Vincent at the helm.

check out some of the photos which I shall continue to add to over the next few weeks, there are an exceptional amount .