NSCC Chef Instructor for the Boulanger & Baking program, Larry Bergeron and his students at the Sobeys’ Culinary Centre, Akerley Campus, have carried on a 10-year tradition by creating gingerbread houses destined for local charities in the Halifax Regional Municipality.
“These really are a labour of love,” Larry says of the traditional miniature houses that are part of the program’s curriculum and take about two weeks to create. “They might be a lot of work, but the students are very dedicated to this project. This year, one team in particular would start at 7:30 in the morning and still be here at 9 o’clock at night.”
Each house is designed with a theme in mind, and this year’s themes are: Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, Peggy’s Cove and a design based on the movie Hugo.
“The themes are chosen by our students, but it’s our goal to really consider what would engage a child, taking into account things like colour.”
What makes these elaborately decorated creations even more exceptional is that they are true to the spirit of the season. "We are only making three," says Larry. “Each one is donated to a non-profit organisation so that they can bring smiles to many and assist charities in their fundraising initiatives.”
Receiving houses this year were Ronald McDonald House, the IWK Health Centre,and the Festival of Trees Black Tie Gala Auction, an event that raises funds in support of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.