An Indian touch to Britain's royal wedding cake
Kishore Patel is the managing director of the firm known for making cakes for the luxury market.
London: The Royal wedding cake described as "very romantic" is being given the finishing touches in a luxury cakes company led by an Indian-origin entrepreneur and his British wife.
Kishore Patel, 57, is the managing director of the Leicestershire-based Fiona Cairns Ltd, which is known for making cakes for the luxury market.
Hailing from Baroda, Patel is the husband of Fiona Cairns, 55, who has earned a reputation in luxury baking after being trained as a pastry chef. Patel told PTI unassumingly: "It started as a hobby, a very common hobby, nothing unusual, but then we unlocked the potential and grew. Today we have nearly 90 people working in our company".
The design and details of the wedding cake ordered by Prince William and Kate Middleton remain a secret until April 29, the wedding day. Patel said he will wear "traditional English dress" at the wedding.
The company prides itself on being creative and besides providing cakes for seasonal celebrations ensures its fabulous handmade cakes reflect current trends. Fiona's treats have attracted celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney
and U2's Bono.
The company now supplies more than 750,000 cakes (mostly fairy cakes) a year to shops including Fortnum & Mason, and Waitrose.
Fiona Cairns Ltd began on Fiona's kitchen table 25 years ago, when Patel spotted the potential of his wife's beautifully crafted handmade cakes. In 2001, he joined the company full time and the company moved out of their garden and into a state of the art bakery in Fleckney, Leicestershire, the heart of the English countryside.
An alumnus of Scindia School, Gwalior, Patel arrived in Britain in 1964 to attend boarding school, and met Fiona at university. He says he and his family Fiona, son Hari-Kishore and daughter Tara visit India every year, particularly Mumbai and Baroda.
Fiona has been given detailed plans to create a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake after sending several samples for Prince William and Kate to try. Details are not forthcoming, but the cake is said to be lavishly decorated, with a floral theme, and will include the royal couple's new cipher.
The cake is also expected to feature four flowers of the home nations English rose, Scottish thistle, Welsh daffodil and Irish shamrock. Kate also wanted the cake to feature around 16 different blooms and foliage for their
meaning known as the "language of flowers".