Executive Pastry Chef Franck Iglesias of the Foxwoods Resort Casino created this Chocolate Showpiece for the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner of the owners of the resort, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. The event was to be celebrated with Native American dances and other traditional commemorations. Chef wanted to pay homage to the tribe and other beliefs important to the Pequot nation. The Mashantucket Pequots are a native Algonquin people in Southeastern Connecticut known for their “Pequot spirit of survival”. The show piece took around 80 collective hours to make, here’ s Chef Iglesias description:
“The Pequot was a warrior nation represented by topping the showpiece with the Spring Leaves Showpeel. Red was the main color of the warrior. The arrows are also part of the Mashantucket Pequot homage. The “tree of life” coming from the ground (earth) was chocolate hand sculpted. The “S” part coming out of the tree trunk was made with the Silicone Noodles. I wanted something more elegant to make the piece “lighter”, but with the effect of being “one” part, almost like an elegant silhouette coming out of a tree trunk. The chocolate rocks, flowers and leaves was also important to the theme as nature is a way of life for the Native American culture.” (click for a larger image)
You interpreted the Spirit beautifully, Thank you Chef Iglesias!