The Dev-il Biswal cake created for Broadstairs Food Festival for The Ambrette restaurant's stand, by Caroline Phillips of Swift House Cookery School.
There is angel cake, then there is the Dev-il Biswal cake.
This cake is sure to be a highlight of Broadstairs Food Festival this weekend on the award-winning Ambrette restaurant’s stand.
The devil is in the detail of this Halloween-themed, 30-inch high sweet creation, designed and made by Caroline Phillips of Swift House Cookery School, Bethersden, near Ashford.
Dev, the acclaimed chef of the Margate eaterie, admitted he was equally shocked and amused at the unveiling of his confectionary persona.
He had specially commissioned a festival cake from Caroline.
It shows the heat is definitely on as a sugar-crafted Dev arises from the flames of a frying pan, complete with pitchfork, chilli horns - and a tray of prawns - of course.
Ironically Dev’s name is derived from the Hindi name Devasish, which means “gift from the gods.”
Some celebrity chefs have a reputation for their fiery temperaments in the kitchen.
Hot stuff in the kitchen, but no pitchfork or horns: Dev Biswal, executive chef of The Ambrette restaurant, cooks up his own brand of "heavenly" food.
Dev said: “Sometimes I think you have to be a bit of a devil to get things done, but I generally try and keep it calm.”
He is now running occasional master classes at the Swift House Cookery School where Caroline specialises in stunning “gravity-defying” cakes.
She said that Dev’s cake was “a bit of a play on his name”. She initially thought of depicting Dev as a “kitchen god” in keeping with his "heavenly" food, but felt that modest Dev might prefer a humorous twist.
The Ambrette has two stands at the festival which started today and runs until Sunday.
Dev will be extolling the virtues of Kentish Oils, produced by Quex Foods, Birchington, which he will use during his live cooking demo in the Kitchen Theatre on Saturday at 4pm.
There will be festival events and entertainment throughout the town, a gala dinner, music, workshops and a food fair at Victoria Gardens and promenade, featuring local produce, with cookery demonstrations and tastings.
The Ambrette will also be selling their own unique new fruit caviar, made out of strawberries and created using “molecular gastronomy,” and already wow-ing diners.
Also on sale will be The Ambrette’s homemade marinades for chicken, lamb, fish and pork, as well as well as hot food.
Caroline Phillips, creative director of Swift House Cookery School, Bethersden.
Caroline started her cookery school in June and the first person she thought of to invite as a “visiting chef” was Dev, having been so impressed by him upon eating and attending a demonstration at his restaurant two years ago. His next masterclass at Swift House will be in January.
For more details call 01233 820040 and to admire the amazing “gravity-defying” cakes, visit www.swifthousecookeryschool.co.uk