Milling around Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley this weekend, I came across what has to be the largest ever re-creation of Thomas the Tank Engine -- in gingerbread. Stein's uber-talented Executive Pastry Chef Raymond Lammers and his crew put in more than 100 hours creating a gingerbread version of Thomas the Tank Engine, which currently resides in Stein's lobby. It contains some 684 pounds of gingerbread and 270 pounds of royal icing. The face is made from rolled fondant.
According to Stein Eriksen Executive Chef Zane Holmquist, Lammers had to first form a fiberglass backing for the face and there was even welding involved in making the interior Thomas Tank Engine structure. "The guy looks like a mild-mannered European pastry chef," said Holmquist about Lammers. "But he ought to have become an engineer!" You can see Thomas the Tank Engine through the holidays at Stein Eriksen Lodge.