Ti­maru baker’s big date with Royal cou­ple

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - JOANNE HOLDEN

Soon-to-be royal cake baker Izaak Adams’ tal­ent was fos­tered by his nana in Fair­lie, South Can­ter­bury.

Now his fam­ily is ex­cited to see him per­form on the world stage, as he cre­ates a cake for the up­com­ing nup­tials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

‘‘His fa­ther and I are ex­tremely proud,’’ mother Kere Adams said.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing the qual­ity of the cakes he bakes it doesn’t sur­prise me.’’

Twenty-nine-year-old Izaak Adams is head baker at East Hack­ney bak­ery Vi­o­let, and is part of the team cho­sen to make a lemon and el­der­flower-flavoured wed­ding cake for the royal wed­ding in May.

Adams in­formed his par­ents of the news dur­ing one of his fre­quent calls home, she said.

‘‘He’s very ex­cited and very hon­oured to be a part of this whole thing.’’

She said her son got his start bak­ing while spend­ing time with his nana, who is a ‘‘fan­tas­tic cook’’, in her farm kitchen in Fair­lie.

‘‘He would have got it from her be­cause he cer­tainly didn’t get it from me,’’ she joked.

Adams said her son, who spe­cialises in flower-topped cakes, had a nat­u­ral abil­ity with food and had al­ways shown an artis­tic edge to his cook­ing.

‘‘He’s al­ways had that flair,’’ she said.

Adams grew up in both Ti­maru and Fair­lie be­fore mov­ing to Christchurch when he was 18 to learn his trade.

He re­turned to Ti­maru when the 2011 Can­ter­bury earthquake de­stroyed his flat, she said.

He moved back to Christchurch six months later and five years ago told his par­ents that he was go­ing to Lon­don.

Adams has worked at Vi­o­let for just over two years and is also do­ing free­lance work, re­cently bak­ing a wed­ding cake for a close friend who was get­ting mar­ried in New Zealand, she said.

His In­sta­gram page shows off his cre­ations in­clud­ing cakes, tarts, buns, crum­bles.

Vi­o­let owner Clair Ptak said in a state­ment that her pri­or­i­ties for cake-mak­ing were ‘‘ food prove­nance, sus­tain­abil­ity, sea­son­al­ity and most im­por­tantly flavour’’.

New Zealand Bak­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Kevin Gil­bert said, af­ter view­ing Izaak’s In­sta­gram feed, that the Ti­maru man’s bak­ing re­flected Ptak’s val­ues.

Gil­bert de­scribed the cakes pho­tographed as be­ing de­tailed but not fussy and as hav­ing a ‘‘mod­ern, re­fined rus­tic’’ style.



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