I can’t believe I missed this episode! Kerry Vincent reminds me of a Mother Superior (like the one in “The Trouble with Angels”) that you end up loving because she forces you to bring out your very best! For that reason, I have tremendous respect for her.
On the other hand, while my decorating skills would never meet the standards of the Oklahoma State Sugar Show, I can understand how some people can just HATE her (I get ulcers just watching the OSSS… I don’t think I could handle the pressure!)
That said, although I didn’t see the episode, I think I know the decorator you’re talking about. They did an episode a few months ago where they had to design wedding cakes for engaged couples. This decorator (Stevie?) INSISTED to her “client” that she (the client) DIDN’T want a traditional looking wedding cake and went ahead and did what appeared to be a tower of cream puffs, drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce. Supposedly this is all the rage in Europe (I can’t for the life of me recall what it was called… it had a special name, but it escapes me) but you could tell from the look on the client’s face that she was SO disappointed. It looked NOTHING like a wedding cake, had no colors other than the natural colors of the cream puffs and sauces. No flowers, no tiers. It could have been a dessert for any function… just a giant pile of cream puffs! So I know what you mean that this decorator feels that since SHE is the professional and SHE knows best and what the client wants is irrelevant because they don’t know what is truly ARTISTIC.
I only work for Wal-Mart and even though we don’t charge thousands of dollars for wedding cakes (in fact, most professionals would laugh themselves sick at what we charge) I do make it a point to do EXACTLY what the bride and groom want, even if I don’t particularly care for the design and colors they choose… it’s their wedding, it should be their choice!
And any REAL professional knows, you have to keep your customers happy… THEY are paying your salary!