Oliver Bernardino, a pastry cook based in Vancouver, was intent on getting Thomas Keller to notice him. So he put his creativity to good use and crafted a mini replica of Keller's famed Bouchon Bakery out of gingerbread.
No detail was spared in recreating the Napa bakery, a painstaking process that involved 70 hours of work. You'll spot Keller's trademark blue apron, a roll of green tape and a black Sharpie pen used to label containers at the bake shop. Outside there are benches, garbage bins and trees. Decadent pastries, croissants and baguettes can be spotted throughout.
Bernardino's masterpiece is currently being exhibited at the Vancouver Hyatt as part of the hotel’s annual Gingerbread Lane, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The exhibit features 30 gingerbread houses that will be on display until January 1st.
Chef Keller, did this talented 23-year old pastry cook get your attention now?