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Was the cake lacking the deep caramelized richness that James spoke about? Yes. But did that mean it suffered in flavor? No. It was a perfectly moist, springy cake with a luscious rum vanilla sauce. I give Art props for taking a risk in creating a wedding cake in such a short period of time. I have a feeling that the frosting didn't set quite as planned because of said heat. (Seriously, we were living in the underworld for a full month. Thank god for air conditioners!)
The bottom line here is this: Was it a bummer the cake didn't stand on it's own? Sure. Did it ruin the wedding? Absolutely not. The couple had a fabulous time, and they got their wedding catered by some of the best chefs in the country. They drank, they danced, they laughed, and we got to be there sharing it with their closest friends and family.
There's no such thing as a perfect wedding, just like there's no such thing as the perfect relationship. It's those very flaws that we find endearing. They build character, and make us smile -- just like Art's disco dust did for days to come.
happy to be able to live vicariously thru you Krista..I am always working on the North Slope of Alaska and we don't get Bravo up there at all. I have to wait till I come home and hope that Bravo is showing Top Chef Masters as an all day event. So far I've had no luck so again, I am am living vicariously thru your words and breathlessly waiting for the day when I can actually watch these wonderful Chefs in action...Big Sigh
Love your blog and seeing you on the show! That was really well said, and glad Art wasn't eliminated over his leaning tower of Pisa cake!
jmlv At the end of the day, Art's cake might have looked sloppy, but the flavors were spot on. That limp cabbage on the other hand, didn't deliver in looks OR taste, and my fellow judges agreed. I like to think of food like I think of men: You can be as slick looking as you like, but if the substance isn't there, I'm just not interested. If food isnt' tasty, what's the point, right?
Beautifully written blog. Thanks so much for helping us TV viewers see more of the wedding from your point of view. I very much enjoyed reading your version of it.