10-Question-Interview with Lucie Velechovská
Literally the most colorful contestant Lucie Velechovská took home a gold medal and 2nd place in Class A: International Class at Cake International London 2016.
Lucie is from the Czech Republic and drove 1400 kms with her cakes just to get to the contest.
Now she shares her adventures with you.
Thank you Lucie!
How long have you been decorating?
I have been a cake decorator for 4 years now. Originally I'm a graphic designer but after graduating from school I was unable to find a job in this field in the Czech Republic, so I started making cakes.
What is your speciality, what exactly are you best at or love doing when it comes to decorating, why?
I'm very glad I can do this, It's really entertaining for me, but what I love the most is hand painting and airbrushing. I learned to be versatile.
What is your favourite technique, medium, why?
My favourite technique is the painting on cakes. I have the basics from the school, and I always like this because I can use it on cakes.
What is the activity that you hate doing as a decorator?
I love all the cakes, it's my hobby and work, and that's what one may wish for most, but I never modeled flowers. The floral ones cannot be original and it makes me tired.
Why did you start competing?
I started with competitions on the grounds that the person has the possibility to improve. Do things no one would order and develop their imagination and also to have the opportunity to compare their work with other confectioners.
Why did you pick this particular design for your competition entry?
I wanted to distinguish myself from the others. I don't do the same things as the others. I always try to do differently than other cakes and competitions I want to differentiate.
What was the hardest part in creating it?
Probably the hardest was to invent the story of the cake and then fit into the prescribed proportions. But thanks to the fact that I have a bullterier at home, this whole thing on the competition went all easy. Because of him, I was inspired by the whole cake.
What was the funniest story that has to do with this competition?
For this competition, I had to come by car from the Czech Republic. Therefore, I drove an RV and took three competitive cakes. I had to drive 1400 km in one day and drive on the left side. On the day of my arrival, I almost hit a policeman 500 meters from Alexandra Palace.
What was your favourite entry other than yours?
Very liked elf female and Elf with mushroom. Also the one inspired by Salvador Dali. From then on, I was absolutely thrilled.
What is your advice to aspiring cake contestants?
Very important is the idea of originality, because people are afraid of the competitions to be original. Then is also a very important sense of detail and play with each thing on competitive cake in detail. As a layman you cant see it, but the jury doesn't miss a trick.