This post may be a little delayed. I had every intention of sharing this with you on New Year’s Eve as a way to wrap up the year but let’s be honest with each other, I was far too distracted by spending time with my family and friends, and you were probably off having fun too. Now that we are back in the office, you may well be looking for a way to distract yourself once again for a few precious minutes. Go and make yourself a cuppa as I thank each and every one of you for making 2018 such a fantastic year.
I have been up and down the country meeting many new people and seeing some now familiar faces – I am especially starting to feel this way when I visit Edinburgh! Some of you have been repeat offenders at Foodies Festival and you know that there is no greater compliment that you can pay to a feeder than coming back for seconds!
To every one of you who has come to see me and my incredible chefs in The Cake & Desserts Theatre at Foodies Festival in 2018, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To all of my amazing Foodies family, I thank you too… from the heart of my bottom.
OK, so I’ve not shared a picture of every single one of the amazing chefs that joined me in 2018 as this would take me 700 years to do so these are just the silliest pictures that make me giggle. You are all a bunch of nutters and it is your talent and energy that makes my job the very best in the world. Carry on baking and start thinking of what you want to cook up in 2019!
Yes, I have every intention of making 2019 even BIGGER and BETTER than 2018. This is setting myself quite the task.
In 2018 we started running with a crazy idea that I probably had in the shower or on the toilet (where I do my very best thinking) to combine food with light entertainment in Cake & Cabaret. My multi-talented chefs were on hand to make this idea a success. Thank you to each chef who got involved and showed off your talents.
And to the very special guests who joined us and brought their sprinkling of stardust to our little theatre, it was a pleasure to bake with you and show you off to our adoring crowds. I cannot thank you enough.
As you can see, I have an awful lot to do if I want to make 2019 better than all of this! I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Not as many as Jasz Vegas though!
Special thanks to our friends at California Raisins and Food Thoughts Cocoa for making this year of entertainment possible. Thanks also to Renshaw Simply Create, KitchenAid UK and SunSense UK for your support. I will never work with or endorse a brand that I do not genuinely enjoy or use myself – you can be sure of that. I can wholeheartedly recommend these wonderful products to each and every one of you and take genuine pleasure in ringing the ‘word from our sponsor’ bell at each show. If you have been, you will have seen just how much I enjoy that daft little bell!
Thank you to all of you who have commissioned me to bake cakes for you in 2018. It was wonderful to be a little part of your big days!
And thanks to the folks at Cake Decorating Heaven and Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine for publishing my cake decorating tutorials. I hope that some of you have enjoyed reading them each issue.
From my kitchen to yours, I wish you every happiness in 2019. May all of your cakes rise beautifully and may your home be always filled with the scent of a fresh bake.
You’ll be hearing a lot more from me in 2019. I hope you’ll be up for listening!