Fascinated with the sugar arts, Belinda found herself embarking on a new adventure as a Cake Designer after a successful career as a graphic designer and video game artist. Entirely self-taught, she quickly found a rewarding balance between her artistic style, creativity, and love for cakes. She is constantly experimenting with new techniques and materials to create pieces of art that “tell a story”.
Her immaculate designs and ability to balance both shapes and colors continually earn her awards as a cake artist. In the 2018 Shaki Cake International contest, she took home the Gold Medal from the technical jury and First Place in the Fantasy Cake category with her creation, “Pinocchio”. At the Cake International Birmingham 2019, she received a Gold Medal from the technical jury with her creation “Hopping in the woods: Ivan the hare”.
Belinda founded La Dolce Vita – Sugar Creations in Monza, Italy. She loves to see her cakes bring an expression of amazement in the eyes of a young child on their birthday, or to watch the joy of the couple celebrating that special occasion. You can also find her sharing her knowledge and passion for the sugar arts in her modelling paste classes that she teaches both in Italy and abroad.
Chris was born and raised in Mexico City, has been involved in the world of Sugar Arts for the last 14 years. Even as a kid, he was actively involved in the performing arts and studied theatre, music, and plastic arts - all of which inspired him to pursue a career in Cake Design. Since then, he has taught classes and judged cake competitions around the world, including Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, France, United States and across Mexico.
When he isn’t traveling, you can find him making beautiful customized cakes for every occasion at his home studio in Mexico City. Passionate about his work with sugar paste, he is known for crafting beautiful flowers of all varieties. He has also won numerous awards in International Competitions, including Gold Medals and awards for Best Innovation and Neatness in Master Techniques.
Sachiko Windbiel grew up in Ishikawa Prefecture on the West Coast of Japan. She was surrounded by the influences of great illustrators like Osamu Tezuka (cartoonist, animator) as well as a fascination with Manga and Animation features. These early creative influences, the encouragement of her parents, and the charm and artistry of the pastry world ultimately landed her as the owner and creative force behind mimicafe Union based in Santa Monica, CA.
Sachiko is known for her intricately detailed and skillfully crafted Fondant Figure Modeling, and is an internationally recognized cake artist. She has first place finishes in numerous cake shows and can be seen competing on various television networks. When she is not busy challenging her own modeling skills, Sachiko continues to “Spread Joy” by teaching her fondant workshops around the globe. She believes full heartedly in the ability of Pastry Arts to bring fun and joy into people's lives.
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