Chef Vanessa Greeley, the owner of Vanessa’s Cake Designs, located at 24 Southwyck Ln. in Warwick NY, has lived in Warwick since August 2017 and she launched her studio in August 2018.
Vanessa was recently featured on Food Network’s Gingerbread Giants Season 2. She was one of five gingerbread contestants from across the country who were followed by the Food Network on their journey to competing at the 26th annual National Gingerbread House Competition held at the Omni Gove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. The show aired on Sun., Dec. 23 on the Food Network.
Vanessa is classically trained in French pastry, and is familiar with several mediums, however gingerbread is a new one. This past October, she set a goal to make her first gingerbread house and take it straight to nationals.
Her showpiece entitled, “Dare to Dream,” celebrates doing what one loves, setting goals and really going for it! The completed house was made with 90 percent gingerbread, decorated with royal icing, fondant, gingerbread modeling chocolate and isomalt. It showcased several different techniques such as piping, hand modeling, painting and more. In total, it took over 500 hours to develop recipes, design, construct, and decorate.
Vanessa and her gingerbread piece placed in the top 10, competing against experienced professionals, book authors, and returning champions.