Recently all students had the pleasure of watching a demo by Chef Nicholas Lodge, a world-renowned cake decorator. He spent an entire class period teaching us the fine details of gumpaste flowers and piping techniques. As students, we've all grown accustomed to seeing a (relatively) quick demo after we scale all of our ingredients, then returning to our stations to begin production. The catch concerning Chef Lodge's presentation was that very little interaction was required on our parts, so at times it was tough to keep our bodies from falling into a state of utter comatose. Regardless, the opportunity to watch this true craftsman was a privilege for us, and has me curious to learn how well I will respond to making my own gumpaste flowers next month.