Catch pastry chef Thiago Silva started making and decorating cakes at age 14 for his mother’s catering business in Queens, NY, after the family moved there from Brazil. "My mom catered from home, and she always wanted to make cakes too. She had a great Brazilian cake recipe that everyone loved, but she couldn’t decorate," says Silva. "So she took this course at NY Cake and Bake and I went to translate [lessons into Portuguese]. She didn’t learn a thing, and I learned everything." Now at Catch, Silva creates elaborate cakes for celebrities that range from Brooke Shields to Sofia Vergara. Here, he shares some of his preliminary sketches and the impressive results.
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