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The Cake Professionals Conference: Coming Together is a Beginning…

Hey Cake Chums!

I can hardly believe that it has only been two days since I last spoke to you all!

The last two days have been so action-packed thanks to The Cake Professionals Conference and The Cake Professionals Awards yesterday, and a rather interesting meeting this morning that I feel like it has been so much longer since I was last here.

cake professionals conference speaker

If you weren’t able to attend yesterday, worry not as I will be including a full write up of my day at The Cake Professionals Conference and Awards in this week’s issue of Something Sweet magazine, but I thought I would quickly jump on this evening and share some of my highlights of the day… just to whet your appetites somewhat.

pug table centrepiece
I need this…

Before we get into that though, I thought I’d better explain the relevance of this today’s title. I was actually trying to track down a quote to do with the importance professional development, but then I stumbled across this quote, from Edward Everett Hale:

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

I liked it because I guess it sums up the last 24 hours quite nicely. We all came together for the conference, but actually to make a success of what we heard, what we learned and what we discussed, we need to continue to work together. But anyway, more on that later…

cake professionals conference lunch

As always, one of my favourite parts of any cakey get together, regardless of the occasion, is the chance to catch up with a whole host of my favourite cake chums – and to meet even more of you guys, of course. I must say a special thank you to those of you who went out of your way to track me down and say hello!

cake chums selfie

It was also a huge honour to finally get to meet the one-and-only Cherish Finden in the flesh too. Cherish acted as our VIP host at the awards evening and, having been a fan since she scooped the prestigious Pastry Chef of the Year gong back in 2012, it has been thrilling to watch her career soar from strength to strength over the last few years. I took great delight in being able to tell her all of that last night, during my lengthy and cringeworthy gushing fanboy moment.

cherish finden

Thank you too to all of the incredible speakers who gave up their time to come and share their wisdom and experience with us all across the day – both familiar faces from the cake world and some from other arenas entirely. I was incredibly touched by the story of Dr Ginnie Betts, who discovered her passion for Stand Up PaddleBoard racing in her forties before going on to represent Great Britain in the World Stand Up PaddleBoard Championships in Hainan Province, China only four years later. In fact, I was so engrossed, I completely forgot to take any pictures during her keynote talk, but you can check her out on Instagram here if you would like to know more. And if you ever get the chance to hear her speak, then I highly recommend you do!

cake professionals conference guest speaker

I also need to extend my hearty congratulations to all of the regional and national winners at last night’s The Cake Professionals Awards. It was a real privilege to be able to celebrate your wins with you all – and I am completely jealous of the gorgeous trophies.

cake professionals awards

Finally, I must say a huge thank you to Phil and Christine Jensen of Peboryon and, of course, The Cake Professionals for inviting me along to take part in the day. I had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to tell you all about it properly in this week’s issue of Something Sweet magazine.

cake professionals conference panel

In the meantime, why not check out last week’s issue at this link.

And until next time… happy caking!

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