As a child, Derek’s family had encouraged him to create something with his hands, be it painting, sculpting, or, in his chosen field, cakes and cake decorating. “I decided to take my love of art and creating and make it edible, to put my own flare on the cake world,” said Derek. “Now I have taken my cakes to a new level with a combination of the technical skills I learned at the CIA and my love of pushing the limit with art.”
Derek launched his business, Corsino Cakes, after graduating from the CIA’s Baking and Pastry AOS program in 2007. “I enjoy everything pastry, but working on a cake, then seeing the look in someone’s eyes when they see it for the first time-it is hard to beat that type of gratification in your work.”
His unique concept for a specialty cake shop in the Hudson Valley helped him earn top prize in the Dutchess County Business Plan Competition before he graduated from the CIA’s Bachelor’s degree program in 2009. The competition was sponsored by the New York Business Development Corporation and the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency. Derek pitted his creative, articulate, and precise business plan against plans from Vassar College and Marist College students.
“Corsino Cakes is a private business that’s striving to fulfill the niche market of quality cakes, with a combination of high intensity and imaginative artistry that is becoming ever more present in the restaurant and foodservice industry today,” says Derek. “We are a company that wishes to make an impact on our community, not just on a professional basis, but a personal one.”
Derek has twice competed in Food Network Challenge events and appeared on Sugar Dome. He is involved with the Baking & Pastry Society at the CIA serving as a judge for competitions and regularly teaches classes for local Hudson Valley organizations.