In 2011, pastry chef Victoria German, with the support of her colleague Ian Bragoli, led a team of six students to create and serve a collection of delicate desserts for the Government of Alberta Reception for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton).
“As I knew they were coming toward us, it was the exact same feeling I had walking down the aisle ― was so nervous. My heart was just thumping, and I was just trying to calm myself down. When I finally saw them I was just thinking, ‘She’s wearing Diana’s ring.’ And just to see it in real life ― that was what was really cool for me. I remember when Prince William was born, and I was living in Britain when Diana was a really big deal. So there’s lots of history that went along with it for me.
This was a highlight of my career as a pastry chef … I was allowed to really create whatever I wanted. I just felt like this is the most VIP function that I’ll ever be, I guess, in charge of. And these people have seen the best of everything, so you have to go in and impress to this level. It just felt really rewarding as people were tasting the pastries, they kept coming back and were just kind of hovering like little bees around the table. It just felt so good … I wanted to impress them, and it worked ― I pulled it off.”
Victoria German, Instructor, School of Hospitality and Tourism
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