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Les Petits Chefs learn the Art of Cookies with Adell Shneer

Decorating cookies with Adell Shneer of Art to Eat Cookies and Les Petits Chefs

I am a lucky, lucky girl. First of all, when I realised that I would be out of school this week at a training session, I asked my colleague Michelle if she would be comfortable taking care of Les Petits Chefs just for one day.  Generously, she agreed and then I thought it might be fun to bring in a guest chef to work with the boys but I wanted it to be someone who knew the boys, the school and how Les Petits Chefs works… enter Adell Shneer.  This would be Adell’s SIXTH visit (she’s showed the boys how to decorate cookies for Hallowe’en, made cheese blintzes, helped our with our Food Revolution Day event, made Pad Thai and soup and pasta and each time, we’ve all had so much fun!). Since Adell last visited, she’s launched a cookie business – Art to Eat Cookies. And boy are they spectacular….

Art to Eat cookies by Adell Shneer

Adell is all about not just beautiful cookies she’s also passionate about colour theory… As she says, “When I started making and designing cookies, I started with the basics. Not the basics of baking but the basics of colour theory.  I have always been drawn to vibrant colour. I knew what I liked, what stirred my soul and excited my eyes, but didn’t really know why.  So I set out on a quest, to learn more about colour.”  Adell read what she calls “the ultimate colour theory book The Art of Colour, written by Johannes Itten“.  You can read Adell’s notes about colour theory here.

We thought it might be interesting for the boys to have a quick colour theory lesson too so we settled on “decorating amazing cookies with a bit of art colour theory thrown in for good measure.” I am really bummed I missed this class because as you will see from the pictures below, it looks like a blast!

Decorating Art to Eat cookies with Adell Shneer

Mise en place. Adell brought the cookies with their edges already complete. Awesome!

Adell Shneer working with les Petits Chefs Art to Eat Cookies by eatlivetravelwrite.com

Learning about primary colours and how to mix them into royal icing.

Decorating cookies with Adell Shneer equipment mise en place

Ready, set…

Mixing icing colours with Adelle Shneer of Art to Eat cookies

Such concentration! Who knew that mixing colours was such a serious business.

Mixing royal icing colours for decorating cookies with Adell Shneer of Art to Eat cookies

Loving the colour choices!

Royal icing mixing with Adell Shneer of Art to Eat Cookies

So vibrant!

Flooding royal icing on cookies with Adelle Shneer from Art to Eat Cookies

And the hard work begins

Decorating cookies with Royal Icing with Adell Shneer of Art to Eat Cookies

Such precision! I’m going to recommend cookie decorating as an excellent practice for fine motor skills – who’s in?

Decorating cookies with Royal icing with Adell Shneer from Art to Eat Cookies

I have to say, I am astounded by the gorgeous designs!

Adell Shneer shows les Petits Chefs how to decorate cookies with royal icing

Wow there could be a future cookie decorator in this group, don’t you think?

And behold some of their masterpieces…

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And how did I get these fabulous photos when I wasn’t there? Well another colleague who is pretty nifty with a camera, Tim, offered very generously to come and take “a few” pictures. When I went to collect them, there were well over 100 gorgeous photos – it was hard to narrow them down to just a few for this post.

I heard via text and email that the class was fabulous, then the next day when I arrived back at school I was greeted with these gorgeous cookies – a care package from Adell…

Adell Shneer's Art to Eat Cookies

Talk about lucky – two amazing colleagues (Michelle and Tim) who take my place as both photographer and crowd control supervision, an amazing guest chef (Adell) and a mum who offered to help out when she realised I was not going to be there (Tara). Thank you all. The boys were so happy and appreciative of the fact that I organised something for them even though I was not going to be there. One of the best Petits Chefs sessions I never went to!

Art to Eat Cookies: Made from scratch one of a kind edible art.
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21 Responses to Les Petits Chefs learn the Art of Cookies with Adell Shneer

  1. bridget {bake at 350} April 25, 2013 at 08:37 #

    I LOVE these cookies!!!

  2. Adell Shneer April 25, 2013 at 08:47 #

    They boys were amazing! Their concentration and attention to detail was phenomenal. I loved the way each of them created their own cookie masterpieces.
    When they were all done, we walked around so they could view each other’s works, like a real art class.
    Thanks for sharing your students, they are awesome!

  3. Paula April 25, 2013 at 08:51 #

    Always been impressed with Adell’s eye for colour matching and her artistic cookie designs. That she’s been to your lab kitchen six times now…also very impressive.

  4. Alex April 25, 2013 at 09:22 #

    Oh my goodness – those cookies look amazing! They really do look like mini-works of art! This is something I would love to do with my ‘future’ children! veyr inspirational!

    • Mardi Michels April 26, 2013 at 20:46 #

      I am always so inspired by Adell and was glad to see the boys were too!

  5. A Canadian Foodie April 25, 2013 at 09:22 #

    What a coup! To have Adelle there with your students – unforgettable… and SUCH fun!
    :)
    Valerie

    • Mardi Michels April 26, 2013 at 20:46 #

      Yeah, and SIX times! And she’s back for Food Revolution Day too!

  6. Hilda April 25, 2013 at 19:35 #

    what fabulous looking cookies. great job les petites chefs. you should be so proud of them Mardi.

  7. yummychunklet April 25, 2013 at 20:57 #

    Very pretty and colorful cookies!

  8. Helene April 25, 2013 at 23:16 #

    They did an amazing job!

  9. Geoff April 26, 2013 at 00:19 #

    Some of the LPCs should simply sign one or two cookies and somebody in an art gallery would soon put a red dot (“sold”) on them.

  10. Cakelaw April 26, 2013 at 02:22 #

    Lovely – Adell and the boys did a great job on these cookies.

  11. Coco in the Kitchen March 18, 2014 at 13:27 #

    Their young minds come up with the most creative ways to see things.
    These cookies are simply gorgeous!

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