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Angelic sculpture wins chef gold medal
12:50pm Tuesday 27th March 2012 in Wallingford
PASTRY chef Naoko Sukegawa has carved out a name for herself with a pastry fat sculpture.
The 70cm sculpture called Falling Angel took the chef, who works at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, in Great Milton, 180 hours to make by applying pastry fat over a wire frame.
She has now won gold for the second time in a sculpture contest run by Anglian Water.
The firm sponsors the Works in Fat contest as a way of highlighting problems caused by cooking fat being poured down the drain, including blocked sewers.
The 33-year-old chef from Little Milton, who works for Le Manoir owner Raymond Blanc, said: “There are more than 500 individual feathers on the wings, which took ages to put in place.
“Last time I made a dragon, which was even more intricate.”
Ms Sukegawa beat seven other contestants and won a commemorative plate.
Following an awards ceremony at the London trade show Hotelympia earlier this month, the angel went on display at Le Manoir.
Anglian Water spokesman John Clare said: “This competition is a great way of promoting artistic flair and draws attention to the pollution which incorrect disposal of waste fats can bring.”