Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch because it's true there's no gingerbread here. I was commissioned by Hershey's to design and build this mansion entirely out of KitKats for a Facebook Live event. This is by far the largest "gingerbread" house I've constructed. It was so large, in fact, that I had to build it in four sections that could be pulled apart and reassembled on site just so it would fit through the doors! Although it was cold outside, keeping the chocolate from melting in my overheated Brooklyn apartment was a challenge. This project took me five very long days and used hundreds of KitKat bars, and it goes to show that the line between being a food stylist and an architect is not as bold as you might think.
Another day, another gingerbread house! Lord Abbett, an investment firm located just outside New York City, was looking for a food stylist to create a gingerbread replica of their office building to both be featured in their holiday greeting video and live in the lobby of the building for the holiday season. There were two major challenges for this project. First, the building has a huge amount of glass on the facade, which required some structural engineering. I also had to figure out a way to bake all the pieces in my tiny Brooklyn oven and piece it together like a puzzle.
If someone had told me when I was a kid that one day I would get to make gingerbread houses for a living, I never would have believed I'd be so lucky. In my years as a food stylist I've made more gingerbread houses than I can count in every shape and size. This one, a replica of Downton Abbey (we called it "Gingerbread Abbey"), was one of the first large-scale houses I worked on. It was designed for Martha Stewart in conjunction with PBS, and it turned out great!
Proving yet again that it's not the holidays without some kind of gingerbread fiasco. Spread the cheer!
Featuring Zoie Omega, Jessie Damuck, Craig Hunter, Cookies by me, Music by Ava Jarden, Directed by Philip Leaman, Produced by Standard Joy and Mouth Feel
This November Vogue writer Katherine Bernard challenged me to recreate ten of her favorite looks from the 2015 Spring collections as gingerbread cookies. It was a fun project to really sink into; it took a good two days to get all the detailing on the cookies complete. These were definitely the most intricate gingerbread ladies I've ever made!
Some samples below... click over to Vogue to see them all.
Oscar de la Renta
In celebration of the return of Downton Abbey this January, Martha Stewart asked me to recreate Highclere Castle, the real-life setting of the show, in gingerbread. I worked with design director Anduin Havens and Sam Seneviratne to turn 66 pounds of flour, 11 cups of molasses, and copious amounts of sugar into the walls and windows of the façade.
You can watch a video of the process on the Martha Stewart Living site, or read about it here and here.