Here at Munaluchi we absolutely love providing you the best wedding advice to make your special day seamless. So it's a true honor to introduce our new Cake Expert to you all today! Meet Chef Dana Herbert, owner of Desserts by Dana and winner of the first season of Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker. He was also recently named as one of the Top Ten Cake Artists by Dessert Professional Magazine. Since winning the highly rated TLC show, he's been whipping together delectable treats for brides all across the country.
In his new series, Ask the Chef, right here on Munaluchibridal.com, Chef Dana will be talking all things desserts. But most importantly, he'll be answering your questions! The series will run every third Sunday of the month.
We had a chance to sit and chat with him for a previous issue about his achievements, top trends, and his plans for the future. Enjoy our interview below and at the end of the post, we'd love for you to wish him a Happy Father's Day. (He's a father of three gorgeous girls!).
Interview with Chef Dana (as seen in the SS14 Edition)
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the pastry business.
I truthfully started down the road of owning my own business as a means to keep my skills sharp. I am trained on the savory side as well as the sweet side. So after I graduated from Johnson and Wales University I took a management job with Marriott on the savory side. So to keep my pastry skills fresh I started Desserts By Dana. I wasn't into wedding cakes at the time.
What are the biggest trends you're seeing with cakes right now?
The biggest trends I see are more textured fondant cakes. It's one thing to make a cake but it's another to really hone in on the designs and textures in a wedding and emulate that through the cake design.
Hanging and suspended cakes are definitely making their way to the forefront as well. Cake makers are pushing the boundaries of what we thought was possible.
photo by judah avenue photography