Who Is Werner?
Werner Schmidt……THE CANDY MAN.
As a young boy facing the hardships of the Second World War, he
was often hungry and searching for scraps of food. He would dream
of cakes, cookies and pies …….and those dreams
were never forgotten.
At age 14 he apprenticed to become a baker and pastry chef, working
in several bakeries in Germany. He moved to Switzerland to expand
his experience and knowledge of confectionery work. While working
as a pastry chef in a famous ski resort, Davos, he met his future
wife, and since she already had a job lined up in Canada, he decided
to accompany her.
He landed his first job as an assistant pastry chef at the Hotel
Vancouver. A few years later his sense of adventure and his desire
to broaden his expertise compelled him to accept a pastry chef position
on an Alaskan cruise line. Then, after running his own bakery for
a year he moved on to work for the Bayshore Inn and Ramada Inn as
a pastry chef, followed by a major grocery store chain for more
than 25 years where he excelled as head baker and master cake decorator.
Pastry work has always been more than just a job for Werner. It
is his hobby, his passion…….his life!
His dream has expanded to include much more than
just cakes, cookies and pies. Sugar blowing, chocolate
sculptures, cake decorating and, as featured in his new video, Marzipan
Marvels, are amongst his many special talents and skills.
He has made several television appearances on the news, talk shows
and cooking shows. He has been teaching a variety of courses for
40 years, and he has won many, many awards and prizes throughout
his career including a 25 country icing competition, the Baker’s
Production Club Award, Gingerbread House Competitions, Pacific National
Exhibition Prizes and radio contests. He was also invited by the
City of Vancouver to create the magnificent horse and carriage icing
display for 6000 people celebrating the Royal Wedding of Charles
and Diana. Other unique creations include a life-sized chocolate
Sasquatch and black bear made of icing, a fantasy castle made of
999 sugar cubes, and life-sized marzipan replicas of prominent political
Get ready to watch “THE CANDY MAN”
show just how fun and easy Marzipan
Modeling can be. With a little imagination
and creativity the opportunities are endless. Get ready to share
in his dream.