Chloe Coker (nee Blackburn) (F. 1994-99) left Brighton College to study modern languages at Oxford University and then practised law for an American law firm in the city, where she specialised in fraud litigation. However, her life has now taken a very different path, which she recently wrote in to tell us about...
"I have always loved to cook and eventually decided to give up the law and go to train as a chef. I trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine where I passed the professional diploma with a distinction and won the Louis Latour wine student of the year award. I now run my own wedding cake company (www.chloecoker.com) which specialises in designer wedding cakes, contemporary sugar flowers and bespoke iced cookies for private individuals, corporate clients and product launches for companies such as Maxfactor and Olay. I also teach cookery, both privately and at a couple of cookery schools in London, write food articles and work as a private chef. I was approached recently by a publisher to do a book iced cookies and it is out on 11 August. Aimed at all abilities, from novice bakers to busy mums and experienced bakers looking for new ideas, there are projects for all occasions and lots of projects for children to make for the holidays."
Expert baker Chloe Coker shares the secrets of her sell-out cookie decorating classes with this collection of cute and kitsch treats. Whether you are a first-timer or a dab hand at baking, Chloe Coker shows you how to make and decorate the cutest cookies, with a professional finish that belies their simplicity. Choose from 35 imaginative cookies to suit a whole host of occasions and celebrations - from Christmas and birthdays to weddings and vintage tea parties. Bring along the adorable baby shoe cookies to a baby shower; make the animal face cookies with children for a birthday party; add a personal touch to a wedding with the French hearts, vintage lace and bridal henna cookies; and learn how to make icing flowers with the summer daisy cookies. Chloe breaks down her expert decorating techniques into clear step-by-step instructions to guarantee the perfect finish every time. Her techniques section explains everything you need to produce gorgeous treats - from baking delicious cookies to icing and presentation ideas, as well as how to create your own designs. Super-cute cookies are fun to make with impressive results - the perfect gift or party food.