Sun | Mar 18, 2018

For Roger, 'life's a piece of cake

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Nigel Holness (left), managing director, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, greets future celebrity cake maker Roger Alleyne.

Roger Alleyne at 18 is very clear of where he wants to be in another five years. He is a great fan of Italian-American celebrity chef Buddy Valastro, star of the US TV series Cake Boss which features Buddy's successful family business - Carlo's Bakery.

If Roger has his way, he, too, will be a famous cake maker.

He is well on his way to realising his dream, acing his classes at the St Patrick's Foundation, which runs a HEART-certified programme in cake baking and other skills.

The St Patrick's Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank's Adopt A Cause and corporate social responsibility programmes.

Roger's mom taught him the rudiments of cake making and he has earned a lot of practice as the go-to guy for family celebrations but it is at St Patrick's that he is getting advanced training and certification to take him to the next level.

A graduate of the St Andrew Technical High School with CXC passes in building construction, mathematics and english, Roger has his sights set on further advancing his skills at a United States institution, then opening his own bakery.

Move over, Buddy, Roger Alleyne is on his way!