Jubilee celebrations at Raymond Blanc’s exclusive Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons will have a striking Sheffield focus...
The centrepiece is being created by contemporary cake designer Victoria Watkin-Jones – who lives in Nether Edge with husband Karl and set up her business, Victoria Made, just a year ago.
In that short time, not only has she become a recommended supplier for big names including the Dorchester hotel and Le Manoir, she has also baked cupcakes for Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue, worked alongside bespoke London baker Peggy Porschen and created wedding cakes for a whole host of clients up and down the country.
It’s a remarkable achievement for someone who worked at youth hostels and then as a fitness instructor until a year ago.
“The whole baking craze was taking off so I had a go at making a wedding cake – and it worked!” she says. “I’m basically self taught and I’ve developed my style by looking at tutorials on the internet.”
Victoria is inspired by art rather than tradition: “My designs are almost anti-wedding. I don’t look at other cakes or you end up with almost identikit designs.”
Her work quickly won acclaim from some of the top names in the business. She has also teamed up with other Sheffield artisans for a Steel City photo shoot, showcasing exclusive home-grown wedding services and accessories against a striking industrial backdrop.