I hate printers, I really do. “Hey, printer. Can you print out two copies of my form, double sided?”
OKAY I WILL PRINT PAGE ONE ON BOTH SIDES THEN PAGE TWO ON BOTH SIDES THEN WASTE FIFTEEN MORE PAGES!
Sigh… the things I do for this contest. And speaking of the things I do…
Today was final preparations, and it’s all about presentation. First I got a hair cut. I probably shouldn’t have left it to the day before. It’s just begging to be sitcomed. Luckily hairdressers are competent professionals. I’m ready for my closeup.
Back at home, it was time to go over the checklist. Application form, release form, map to the audition location– all check. Time for the fun stuff.
First up is my Powerless Point Presentation:
This will be on the table as the taster is enjoying my cake. It’s in a binder in flip-format. The back of the next page is the same as the current page facing the judge, so I can reference it. It follows the usual Power Point rules– short bullet points, max 3 per slide, and only as reference, not verbatim. It outlines exactly why “Yes, This Is Chocolate Cake” is *THE* product that PC needs. It takes about the target market, how the cake fills a hole in their product line, how it is perfect for mass manufacturing, etc.
Next was presenting the cake itself. As I mentioned previously, I’ve made several cakes, specifically so I could practice on one. I sliced it up, grabbed some garnish and just went full artistic. Heather picked the best looking presentation, and here we go:
(The white balance is off. The strawberry is not radioactive)
I packed everything up in a box– cake in caddy, service plates, service utensils, directions, forms, Powerless Point, a reminder to take strawberries from the fridge. All what was left– was the prop.
I’ve been teasing this prop for a few posts now. I knew exactly what I wanted: something that would illustrate the horrible, dry, crumbly, tasteless awful dessert choices gluten-free people have. They’re bad. They’re really bad. And I don’t think anyone realizes just how bad it is. The dessert eaters have just come to accept that all GF desserts are awful, and the manufactures either figure the GF people don’t care– or the manufactures don’t care– or they just don’t have a good recipe to go on.
A few minutes in the basement, and the prop was done. Let me ask you, what would you rather have? The rich, moist, fluffy cake pictures above… or…
A COMICALLY OVERSIZED CAKE MADE OF STYRAFOAM? Because if you’re looking for a GF dessert these days, that’s all you’re getting. Oh wait. What’s that, judges? You don’t want this inedible fakefood? Well then, have I got a treat for you:
Prop goes in the “to pack” box, and everything is done except for this blog post. And now it’s done too. See you all tomorrow at the audition!