Sweet Talk with David Close Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Sweet Talk with David Close
with David Brice
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In this episode of Sweet Talk, David Close, head judge at Cake International, shares his top tips for entering cake competitions.

David spent 24 years in the RAF and had been entering savoury food competitions, but when his brother got married he decided to make the wedding cake. This was in the early 80s so many of the cake products that we now take for granted were not available, resulting in David having to make the sugarpaste from scratch! Being able to overcome those challenges, he then had the bug for all things relating to cake decorating. There’s lots more to learn in this episode of Sweet Talk with David Close.

In the mid-90s David set up the first BSG in Northern Ireland, which was located in Belfast, then around 2003 he became a judge for the BSG.

David was the head of the Army’s food safety at the DCLPA School of Catering, and also the food safety advisor to the BSG, so the CV was building nicely at this stage. It was in the late 90s when David was judging at the Salon Culinaire that he met Sheila Lampkin. This meeting then eventually led to David becoming involved with judging at Cake International.

David has an enormous passion for the cake industry and the ongoing development of skills in the craft. His appointment as head judge at Cake International in 2019 was a huge honour for him and allowed him to channel his passion through competition entries. Although best known for his role at Cake International, David has been head judge at Fashion Cake Flash Mob, India Homebakers, Sri Lanka cake competition, D’Licious Magazine Awards and is currently working with Incredible India and Cake Artists World.

David’s meticulous approach to judging, and the selection of his judges, ensures that competitors can be in no doubt that their entries have been judged fairly and equally. The stature of the Cake International competitions are in a large way down to David Close and his passion and determination, and that of his team, to keep the art alive and inspire and encourage competitors, while ensuring that the highest standards have been maintained. That said, David is always at pains to express that the success is also very much down to the administration team and his team of dedicated judges.

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David Brice

David Brice

David Brice is the lead business tutor with CakeFlix, which has won Cake Masters awards Best Learning Experience in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019.
David´s career started in the Army then he moved over to become a civil servant with the MOD then latterly the Scottish Government.  His job prior to leaving was as a speech writer for the Transport Minister, which came with huge kudos, good salary and great pension. However, he wasn´t fulfilled, he knew that there was more to life than the role that he found himself in.
David knew Paul for a couple of years before Paul started his Cake Business in 2002, helping with some of the paperwork and admin required to set up a business. As Paul´s success grew it was clear that his business needed more support so in 2005 David left the security of his job and joined Paul in the cake business. That was a leap of faith as David had not, and still hasn´t, decorated a cake. However, he could see the potential and they grew the business to seven outlets with 35 staff. It wasn´t all plain sailing and its the highs and lows of that journey along with a lot of studying on business best practice that he shares in his Cake Business tutorials.
Paul and David sold the cake business to concentrate on teaching and are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences to help others.
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