Following her appearance at the inaugural run of The GREAT Food Festival (TGFF) last year, Insta-famous baker Andres Fatso (@bakedbyandres) will return to Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) for TGFF 2018. We managed to squeeze in a quick chat with her to find out more about how she got into baking, her go-to baking tips, and what she will bring to TGFF 2018, happening from 27 to 30 September 2018.
When and how did you start baking?
I started baking when I came home after a stressful nursing shift one day. I wanted to make something to eat, so I got some egg whites and flour together and I made a soufflé.
Were you ever professionally trained?
No, never! I’m a nurse by profession, and I’ve been doing that for about ten years now. I bake because of a love of food. I love trying the new creations of amazing dessert chefs, but sometimes it’s just too far away or even overseas. Then I’ll try to recreate it at home though, of course, it won’t be exactly the same as the original.
Describe your style of baking in 3 words.
Cutesy. Resourceful (I like to use ingredients that I already have; I don’t like to waste any products!). Adventurous.
How do you find the time to bake?
Nursing is quite stressful; I work in Emergency and I’ve worked in the bones unit before. They’re all high-intensity-of-care places, so baking was a place for me to really just dial down. Plus, the sense of satisfaction is immediate when the smell of chocolate comes out of the oven – who doesn’t love chocolate, right?
What is one piece of baking advice you’d give to your younger self?
To always make sure you always mark your containers! One of the rookie mistakes I’ve made and still do sometimes is to mix up salt and sugar. So do check before you pour half a kilo of what you think is sugar into your cake mix!
Your photos on Instagram are so enticing! How did you pick up food photography?
Prior to baking on the weekends, I used to do wedding photography and baby portraiture, so documenting the food I was making came very naturally.
Any quick tips for fellow leisure bakers who wish to take photos of their creations?
Don’t underestimate your iPhone and all the apps there are! Always get daylight, but avoid harsh sunlight. Cloudy, overcast photos are great, but make sure it’s during the day.
Which of your creations can fans look forward to at TGFF 2018?
This year’s going to be a little interesting. Resorts World Sentosa has been working on a theme for months now, and us bakers/collaborators have been submitting ideas on how we can make it much more of a bang than last year.
I hope to make something a little bigger and with a theatrical aspect to it. I don’t want to spill too much, but it’s going to be something to do with water. It’ll be taste-worthy, Instagram-worthy and interactive. I’m really excited!
Learn how to bake Sweet Love Rose Macarons from Insta-famous baker Andres Fatso at TGFF 2018’s masterclasses
Dates: 28 – 30 September 2018
Venue: Rollin’ Sweet Times Bosch Atelier
Cost: S$148 (inclusive of all-day access to TGFF 2018 and a complimentary RWS Invites membership)
Click on the link below for a full list of dessert and wine masterclasses available.
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Comment below to let us know which dish/chef you’re looking most forward to at #TGFF2018, we want to know!
The GREAT Food Festival 2018
TGFF 2018 Official Website
TGFF 2018 Introduction
TGFF 2018 Sneak Peek
TGFF 2018 Photo Contest (Tips for food photography included!)
TGFF 2018 Interview with Insta-famous baker Andres Fatso
TGFF 2018 Things To Do
TGFF 2018 Highlights (Photo Story)