International Salon Culinaire, is the UK’s largest and most prestigious chef competition programme. With four competition classes and over 100 different individual competitions running over four days, it’s the perfect showcase to witness the skills and talent within the industry. There are 26 individual competition classes for sugarcraft including show pieces, floral arrangements, wedding cakes, novelty cakes, a team collaboration and much more.

Here we take a look at some of the incredible entries from the London 2018 show, made using Saracino products. Huge congratulations go out to all who entered.




Deep under the earth, the very backbone of our land, lives Father Earth.
Just as Mother Earth nurtures us, Father Earth protects us. He is an ancient being made from both stone and tree roots, whose cloak supports the welsh hillsides, tending the plants and trees with his tree root arms and hands. His kindly green eyes see everything.
If you look closely, there is a castle nestled amongst the trees on his back,  and if you look into the water beneath the waterfall you may just see his toes.
He has a wire armature and was decorated  over a period of 27 hours using Saracino modelling paste and dusted with Saracino colours.

About his design

He was designed to represent areas in Pontypridd and the surrounding areas in Wales that I grew up with.  Including the Welsh hillsides opposite our family home in Pontypridd (Tom Jones wrote the song “The green green grass of home” about his home town of Pontypridd).  It has Welsh Castles nestled into the trees (visit our fairytale castle, Castell Coch), and the beautiful Sgwd Yr Eira waterfall where you can even walk behind the noisy wall of water. I also include general scenery.  Rough and steep mountainside with cliffs and trees dotted around, and an abundance of forestry commission pine trees.







I recently won Gold and Best in class in the  Salon Cullinaire Competition at Hotelympia.
I decided on Hares for this design as I love creating animal sculptures and with Easter and Spring upon us it felt like a perfect animal to create. I had a great time sculpting them and I’m very happy with the results they are carved from fruit cakes, within just a tiny amount of support! The heads, legs and decorations were all made with Saracino modelling paste and the  cakes are covered with Saracino sugarpaste.






My Salon Culinaire 2018 entry won Silver award.
She is a red hair fantasy warrior wearing silver armour holding a sword, leaping off a cliff to join the epic battle from afar.
This is a wired armature and standing on one leg figurine.  Made with Saracino modelling paste.








I was over the moon to be awarded a Gold Award for my Back pack sculpted cake at Salon Culinaire earlier this month. The whole thing took me approx 130 hours from carving the Wellies out of cake, carving the backpack which was inspired by a Cath Kids (Cath Kidston) bag.
The Teddy was made using Rkt and covered with Saracino modelling paste as well as the Welly boots, hat and mittens.




My piece was for Salon Cullinaire @ Hotelympia this was my first entry into a small decorative category and was awarded Merit, she was handmodelled from Saracino using rolkem colours for her eyes and tail. I used the new Tiffany colour on her hair, Skin Tone for her body and face, a mix of black and white for the rocks finished in royal icing and piping gel for the sea effect.





Saracino Team