Last week I shared that 2017 is the International Sugar Art Collection's 25th Anniversary. Beginning on Friday, July 17, 1992 Chef Nicholas taught a series of 15 one-day classes at Confectionary Yours, a cake and candy retail store in Marietta, Georgia. This was the birth of ISAC. But the catalyst for Chef Nicholas and Scott beginning their business happened much earlier in 1992.
In the early 1990s, Chef Nicholas had visited the United States to teach, and fell in love with the Atlanta, Georgia area. He taught several classes at Confectionary Yours as a visiting instructor. Attending Chef Nicholas' rolled fondant class on February 6, 1992 was a wedding photographer who was enamored with how perfect wedding cakes looked, and decided to take a class to learn just how rolled fondant wedding cakes were designed and decorated. That photographer was our very own Scott Ewing! The rest, as they say is history! Just five months later, Chef Nicholas and Scott became business owners as they debuted the International Sugar Art Collection!
Earlier this week, on Monday, February 6nd, Chef Nicholas and Scott celebrated their own 25th anniversary in Chicago this year. Chef Nicholas has such a busy travel schedule, that they are often apart on their anniversary. This year was no different, as Chef Nicholas is teaching at the French Pastry School in Chicago. But, because it was such a big celebratory year, Chef Nicholas flew Scott up so that they could celebrate together!
Chef Nicholas and Scott trying to keep warm in Chicago!
I love that this is such a special year for ISAC and Chef Nicholas and Scott. I love that we get to share our excitement and celebrations with all of you! To help celebrate, we are going to do a fun little giveaway! I would like you to share, in the comments below, what your favorite memory of ISAC or Chef Nicholas and Scott has been in the last 25 years. I will have Scott and Chef Nicholas pick a winner and announce it in next week's blog. Since Scott and Chef Nicholas met during a rolled fondant class, the prize will be a 1.5lb box of Renshaw Ready to Roll Fondant in white!
As always, please include your email in your comment- if I can't contact you, you can't win! Please have your comment posted by midnight on Valentine's Day (that's February 14th!), for a chance to win!
Happy Anniversary Chef Nicholas and Scott! I think I speak for everyone when I say we wish you the VERY best!
One final note- this Saturday Chef Kathryn Gordon is teaching her Madeleine Tower Demo and her Afternoon Tea French Pastry Dessert class this coming Saturday. Registration closes TONIGHT, but there are still seats available. You don't want to miss out- you get to eat all the desserts being made in this class! YUMMY! You can read more about these classes here.
ISAC 25th Anniversary Fact: On February 6, 1992, Chef Nicholas Lodge taught a rolled fondant class at Confectionary Yours in Marietta, Georgia. One of the students was photographer, Scott Ewing.
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Chef Nicholas Lodge: 2015 Finalist for the Cake Masters Cake Hero Award.