2019 Sugar Art Show Instructors
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School of Cakeology &
Merci Beaucoup Cakes
Reva Alexander-Hawk is a life long baker, starting out like most of us as the “go to” source for sweets within her family. As a graduate of the distinguished California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, she has studied both as a student and an instructor. In 2002 Reva, after years of lending her talents to others, ofﬁcially launched her own cake and pastry business, Merci Beaucoup. Calling on her Connections in the Los Angeles area, she developed a glowing reputation as a high end cake decorator, supplying cakes across California and beyond. Her efforts landed her on three seasons of the television show "Amazing Wedding Cakes”, an experience that has opened up many wonderful opportunities for her to share her skills with the cake community and become a trusted name in the sugars arts.
Reva’s fun, whimsical style is the result of her personality, a true cake decorator who’s goal is always to make people smile, a feat she has accomplished from L.A. to New York to Atlanta and all across the United States and now abroad. Besides her time on AWC, Reva’s work has been featured in Brides Magazine, Wedding Bells, People Magazine and many local publications and her work has been seen on E Entertainment, Food Network UK, and Style Network and recently featured on Duff Goldman’s new series "Duff till Dawn” and a recent winner on “Cake Wars” on the Food Network. Entering a new faze of Merci Beaucoup, Reva has taken on new challenges; moving her operations to Metro-Atlanta, writing books, and expanding her teaching efforts.
To sum it up in her own words, Reva is a “cake nerd.” #mercicakes #cakenerd all social media platforms @mercicakes.
Sachiko Windbiel is the owner of mimicafe Union, based in Santa Monica California ( newly relocated from NYC! ).
Her speciality is creating Fondant Figures & Cake Topper as well as offering well received Fondant Figure workshops. Sachiko artistic skills are self developed and inspired by her childhood fascination with Manga and Animation. Sachiko feels most fulfilled by the connections she makes with the people at her workshops, and she is motivated to inspire others to explore and enjoy their own creativity.
Viki Kane is the owner of SugarKane Cakes & Confections, located in southern California. She has been providing custom cakes and desserts in California and beyond since 2007. Her work has been featured in numerous wedding blogs and cake publications, such as Mod Wedding, Green Wedding Shoes, Ceremony Magazine, Cake Masters, and American Cake Decorating. If you're a fan of cake tv, you may have seen Viki on a few Food Network shows, most recently as the winner of Wedding Cake Championship! In addition to having her work showcased on Ridiculous Cakes, she was also the first 2x winner of Cake Wars, where her Hello Kitty and Wonder Woman cake designs took center stage. Viki is known for her clean, modern approach to cake decorating and enjoys bringing a sense of beauty and realism to all of her designs. As a Renshaw Americas representative, she loves teaching and inspiring others to embrace their own creativity in the kitchen and beyond!
Kathleen started her teaching career at the age of 16, for Wilton Industries; youngest instructor to have taught for Wilton; total 21 years. Kathleen received numerous awards from Wilton; Hall of Fame and Imperial Club Awards; as a top instructor, teaching at the highest volume stores; teaching over 10,000 students as last recorded by Wilton, the year 2000. During her lifetime, she has visited 50 US states, taught in 20 states and 14 countries, teaching in over 50 cities since 2010.
Kathleen is an active member, instructor and demonstrator of the USA Division Representative & Int'l Excellence Team Cake Designer of (FIPGC) International Federation of Pastry Gelato & Chocolate – Italy;ICES (International Cake Exploration Societe); 3 C's (California Cake Club); San Diego Cake Club, RBA (Retail Bakers Association); IBE (Int’l Bakery Expo, Hong Kong; IBIE (Int’l Baking Industry Expo, Las Vegas, NV) and other Industry Shows, Culinary & Pastry Schools. She has been featured in numerous trade publications, cover of the Food Section of San Diego Union-Tribune; San Diego News and Radio stations; Milan, Italy Radio and she has contributed tutorials to several Int’l cake decorating newsletters and magazines and now releasing her own instructional DVD's.
For more information visit Kathleen’s website at www.confectionarychalet.com.