Now, if you haven’t heard of The Meringue Girls, then where on earth have you been! These two former chefs, Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman, gloriously reinvented as the queens of baking, are a breath of fresh air. Their two women who don’t play by the rules and generally just have the most fun possible with baking. They’ve caught a whirlwind of attention, being featured everywhere from Grazia Magazine to The Sunday Times.
They’ve garnered a wealth of big name fans too, Jamie Oliver has said of them “Naughty but very very nice.” Gizzi Erskine has said “They have taken meringues to a different stratosphere, cool is clearly in their genes.” and Daisy Lowe has called their meringues “rainbow coloured loveliness.”
After a few years studying, working for a marketing company in London, then travelling the world, taking unique cooking classes wherever she could, including such places as India, Thailand and Cambodia, Alex had her eureka moment. She decided that cooking was her raison d’etre. So, she took a years course at Leiths School of Food and Wine, ending up working at a restaurant in Hackney.
Hailing all the way from Auckland, New Zealand, Stacey started out in the big wide world training in technology at The University of Auckland, she also achieved a diploma in Culinary Arts. Soon after she set up her own successful catering company, providing high-end canapes. One day she decided to explore the culinary world, working in various kitchens across the world. It was during Stacey’s culinary exploration that she met Alex, who was working as a sous chef at the time, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, how exactly they became the Meringue Girls is quite a simple story. The girls bonded over their passion for food, particularly their passion for sweet food. After a few drinks and a lot of talking, the idea of the Meringue Girls came into being, and it all went on from there.
To talk a little bit about their mouthwatering meringues. Basically, Alex and Stacey have taken these sugary little treats and turned them into little jewels, that come in a range of scintillating flavours, which include pistachio and rosewater, dark chocolate, coconut, lemongrass and ginger, and most interesting of all gin and tonic, which we at Think Shaadi are itching to try.
We have a little treat to show you below, a cooking demonstration by the girls, filmed by Think Shaadi Community Member Deneemotion.
The Meringue Girls don’t just deal in the petite, they think big, and have collaborated with Fondant Fox, to create some of the most eye catching and simply gorgeous wedding cakes you’ll ever see. Giving you 10 choices of sponge flavours and a choice of 10 meringue kisses. They really are magnificent creations, worthy of a place at the Tate Modern.
The Meringue Girls essentially put their personality into their creations, and they’ve been rewarded for it big time. The girls have been selected to take part in Selfridges new project ‘Meet the Makers’, where they are showcassing their talents to an excited audience. You can get acquainted with the Girls at Selfridges rooftop restaurant, On The Roof with Q, from 11 to 17 August.
Finally, we are delighted to welcome the Meringue Girls to the growing Think Shaadi family xx