By Sharon Merkel-Prudhomme ~
The cakes of yesteryear home kitchens were rather ho-hum and basic. Not anymore! A local gal has devoted 30 years to perfecting the art of specialized cake making and decorating, and she’s ready to teach you!
Introducing Kimberly Megill, Pastry Chef extraordinaire. Ms. Megill began working in the food industry in her young teen years with a passion for the Pastry Arts that has grown and blossomed into a sweet life. With pastry bag in hand, Kimberly specializes in cake decorating & designing for 27 years.
In 1992, Kimberly received her Associate’s Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in Hyde Park, NY. The Pastry degree curriculum was a new program then to which Ms. Megill, one of the first to graduate, had made the Dean’s List.
Working in a variety of establishments, Kimberly Megill gained experience and quite a bit of notoriety in the pastry world. A few of the locations have been, The Manor (West Orange), The Warren Hotel (Spring Lake), Mary’s Catering (Belmar), Taste Sensations (Toms River), La Frenier Bake Shop (Bricktown) and currently in a local popular grocery in Spring Lake/Wall.
Kimberly began teaching cake decorating for Wilton Industries about 20 years ago at several AC Moore locations. In addition to group lessons, she has also taught private classes too! *(what a great party idea for both adults and kids alike!) Other appearances have been The Oceanic Library in Rumson, and MAECOM in Tinton Falls. She also started an after school program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Asbury Park. Roughly 5,000 students of all ages and skill levels have passed through Kimberly’s classes using buttercream icing, royal icing, fondant, gum paste, and chocolate.
Several years back this talented baker created one of her specialties at the Philadelphia Museum of Art representing the “Art of Cake Decorating.” It was around this time that she found herself being interviewed and photographed for a news article by the Asbury Park Press entitled, “Cake My Day”.
Kimberly enjoys sharing her love of cake decorating through teaching. She says she’s been decorating for so long that it’s not only a career but a lifestyle! She is also a member of the ACF and International Cake Exploration Society as well as being a certified instructor.
Sign up for Kimberly’s upcoming classes:
Supply list is given out upon registration
Kids cupcake class * Halloween theme!