Skaneateles baker makes TV debut

As part of their Dickens Christmas coverage, public access television's WCNY decided to give a taste of Skaneateles to their viewers to go along with the serene scenery this time of year.

A chocolate poinsettia cake was created and decorated on the show "Food for Thought" by Skaneateles' own Michael Cheney, baker at the Patisserie on Hannum Street.

It was the pastry wizard's first time on television, he said.

"I thought it was fun. It was interesting to see how the world of TV works," Cheney said.

The show, taped previously, aired at 12:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 19 on WCNY, said Rita Trenti, marketing director for the Sherwood Inn and other Sherwood owned properties in Skaneateles, including the Patisserie.

"He offered several tips on successfully decorating a cake and the importance of making your own frosting for the freshest taste for the holidays," Trenti said

The episode also included highlights from Dickens Christmas -- the annual festival that brings a touch of the Victorian era to the small village. The event runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas each year.

With the spotlight on Cheney during Friday's episode, he demonstrated his talents. Cheney said he thinks the episode will help promote the Patisserie because of the local coverage.

More than that, though, his TV experience was an enjoyable one and gave him a chance to bring his expertise into Central New York kitchens.

"I enjoyed it. It was fun giving people a chance to see what I do -- maybe they can do it themselves at home," he said.

The Patisserie is open seven days a week and is a full-scale bakery. It is located at 4 Hannum St., Skaneateles. For more information, or to see what baked goods are offered, visit thesherwoodinn.com/patisserie.

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