The Cupcake Bloke
Star quality is rare. Star quality is the fissile conjugation of skill, originality, hard work, and inspiration. And Graham Herterich – The Cupcake Bloke – has that star quality. Mr Herterich demonstrates it not just in his outstanding work as a baker, but also in his sage ability as a communicator, for here is a producer with a rare empathy with an audience: he holds them in the palm of his hand. Walk into the shop in Rialto, then, and swoon at the fab wildness of the design. Mr Herterich will tell you that the quietly phantasmagoric style of the shop is the sort of crazy and creative thing that is going on in his head all of the time, and then you understand where his wild, hallucinogenic originality comes from. Graham Herterich sees things with an unfiltered eye, and he creates with a sense of wild wonder. He is one of those people whose work improves all our lives, because he understands his calling in such a deep and respectful way: any baker who reinvents the classic and now-debased Mikado and Kimberley biscuits knows exactly what it is to pay homage to history, an homage driven by cultural respect and empathy. And don’t get us talking about his peerless tea brack, or the astounding coffee brack. The Bakery in Rialto is one of the jewels of Dublin, powered simply by star quality, and Graham Herterich is one of the finest food talents at work in Ireland today.
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