The television food fad is going sweet. Lifestyle FOOD on Foxtel will launch the new Planet Cake series on November 2nd in the hope of snagging a new and fresh approach to food television. Paris Cutler, the driving force behind Planet Cake, Australia’s best known and internationally celebrated cake business is the star of this here ‘food’ show. Lifestyle wanted a cake show and searched the country to find the characters and business that would fit the brief. After a few failed attempts at finding the perfect fit, they discovered Paris and her Planet and had all the ingredients they needed to make bitter, sweet reality cake show.
Paris is an impressive women, she built Planet Cake out of a struggling cake shop responsible for producing her own wedding cake disaster. Entrepreneur first and cake lover second, her business has produced cakes for the latest and greatest celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Celine Dion. Speed boat, Greek Island, designer dress, tizzy 21st- subject matter is no concern here, if it exists Planet Cake can make it.
I was at the official launch of the Planet Cake TV series last week, face deep in sugar sensory overload, and caught a glimpse of whats to be expected from this head strong firecracker and her humble ‘dream team’. Talk about business acumen, Paris spins words better than any politician and could convince a diabetic to ditch legumes for a densely sugar coated cupcake. Speaking of cups and cake see below the strangely spectacular cake concoctions Paris and her team mastered for the event.
A cuppa’ cake.
Despite the disappointment when told we couldn’t self serve our way through the display I enjoyed the rich, moist chocolate cake that circulated the room a little too much. Lime Turkish delight, pepper crusted tuna sashimi and crumbed prawn skewers were a few other sweet and savory successes. The climax though was on departure where we were presented with a gift bag of French cake utensils, a Planet Cake cookbook, champagne, the first two episodes on DVD and a mini edible cake TV. Tis’ was one chic showbag.
From the snapshot i had from these first two episodes- this is a dynamic and fast moving show that spins Paris’s control freak tendencies into, if slightly unnecessary, entertaining drama. The senior designers are the most impressive with one team member creating a life-like baby orangutang, the fine detail made it criminal to eat. I personally would like to see more of the cake making processes and less on the preempted drama, but then again i’m not sure i’m the target audience.
Tune in and check out Paris and her Planet Cake mild mayhem. 7:30pm, November 2nd on Lifestyle FOOD.
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