Kathleen’s love of baking and cake decorating started when she was old enough to remember helping her mother bake and her parents bought an “Easy Bake Oven” for her when she was 4. Kathleen enrolled in her first Wilton Cake Decorating Classes Spring of 1980, at the age of 15. She sold her first wedding cake at the age of 16 and studied and mastered the intricate art of cake decorating and designs ever since she attended her very first class. She was hooked!
Kathleen loved “Sugar Art” from the very beginning and was invited to her first Wilton Cake Decorating Teaching Seminar, in the fall of 1980, at the age of 16; she was the youngest Wilton Teacher at the time. Kathleen received several Wilton Incentive and Territorial Awards, and was inducted into the Wilton Method Teacher’s Hall of Fame, The President’s Club and Imperial Club in recognition of her 21 years of teaching several thousand students; last count over 8000 -10,000 students.
She has taught and given demonstrations for Wilton Instructors, pastry chefs, business owners, bakery personnel, Girl Scouts and several San Diego Women’s clubs. She has also been featured in several newspapers and magazines; including the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, San Diego Channel 10 News, San Diego Channel 8 News, ICES Newsletter and American Cake Decorating. She was honored to be a guest and participant on “Get Crafty,” an info-commercial segment for a local craft and floral supply store.
Throughout Kathleen’s career she has attended numerous confectionary classes, demonstrations and trade conventions and shows. She was fortunate to have studied extensively with world renowned Hall-of-Fame Decorator Betty Newman-May, completing a 150-hour course known as the “Lambeth Method” of cake decorating. The Lambeth Method of English overpiping became one of her favorite methods.
Kathleen also studied South African & Australian cake decorating methods, cake sculpturing, air brushing, candy making, gum paste sugar flowers, cocoa painting, gingerbread construction, pastries, catering, floral design, calligraphy and Folk Art painting.
All classes Kathleen attended were taught by world renowned Hall-of-Fame decorators, including Eddie Spence, MBE (UK) Betty Newman-May (CA), John McNamara (CA), Eleanor Rielander (South Africa), Ann Baber (UK), Nicolas Lodge, Robert Haynes (UK) Alan Dunn (UK) Roland & Marsha Winbeckler, Kerry Vincent and several other famous designers, pastry chefs and sugar artists.
Kathleen has designed her own recipes and techniques throughout the years; owned and operated a bakery, cake & candy supply store, and taught cake decorating and confectionary classes for Grossmont Adult School District for over 10 years. Kathleen started Confectionary Chalet in May 2006, so that she could continue to share her love for confectionary arts.
Her enthusiasm for confectionary arts is contagious and she has become an inspiration to her students so they, too, can share the same love and creativity for future generations to come.
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