Alejandra Galan is no stranger to preparing for TV shows.
Former competitor of shows like “Chocolate Meltdow: Hershey’s After Dark” by Food Network and “El desafío de Buddy: Latinoamérica”, the Latin American version of the “Next Great Baker”, Galan knows the standard premises of this type of spectacle. But when an opportunity presented itself with Disney, the resident of Ormond Beach was going to have a unique experience.
Galan, who is a pastry chef, will appear in the Disney + original series “Foodtastic,” which premieres on the streaming service on December 15. The show is hosted by actress Keke Palmer and features culinary artists from around the world creating sculptures and scenes using only food. Produced by Endemol Shine North America, Amirah Kassem, founder of Flour Shop, and Benny Rivera, founder of New York City Cakes, are culinary experts on the series.
But it’s not your average cooking show. Galan said viewers should expect plenty of surprises along the way.
“I was very grateful to have the opportunity to be chosen as a Latin American person and to have the experience of living like a theme park in a pastry environment, because that is what it was, ”Galan said. “It was magical. “
Originally from Colombia, Galan’s love for baking began when she was young. Her parents own a cheesecake factory in the country, and she said she knew early on that she wanted to follow in their footsteps. In 2010, she opened her own bakery in Bogota, Colombia, and nine years later, she moved to the United States.
Before studying to become a pastry chef, Galan worked as an industrial engineer. But she dreamed of being an artist and found that with food she could do both. Plus, Galan said playing with food was a lot more fun.
“What I love is designing moments,” she said. “So if you go to a party – someone’s birthday, or something – and that moment when you give them your amazing cake or whatever you’ve done for them and they don’t believe it. is actually edible, it’s priceless. And it’s something they’ll never forget. It’s a moment you actually design, more than the cake.
Galan will appear in the Avengers-themed episode, where teams were tasked with coming up with a creative idea to feature two Avengers saving a city from attack.
The only problem was that Galan had never seen any of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. So her first job was to make sure she knew all she could about the Avengers by watching all of the movies. His favorite Avenger? Iron Man.
‘Everything is possible’
The “Foodtastic” set provided the contestants with endless ingredients and equipment, which Galan described as “a chef’s paradise”.
Being on a Disney show was a dream, she said. Growing up, traveling to Disney World from Colombia to visit the theme parks was special, and now, as an adult living within driving distance of the parks, Galan has said that she turns into a kid on every visit. Plus, “Foodtastic” is the only show she’s ever seen where foods of all kinds are incorporated, and she’s thrilled to see the creations made by the contestants in other episodes.
After all, like Galan, they were all placed on teams with strangers where the only thing they had in common was their passion for food.
“It was a huge challenge, but I would assume anything is possible,” said Galan. “It was actually the name of my team – anything is possible.”
Since arriving in the region in 2019, Galan has said that people have welcomed her and opened doors for her, allowing her to seize this opportunity. She thanks them and says she has seen how this community helps others grow, especially in the food industry. Although she does not yet have her own bakery here, she said that is the plan for the future.
“I think if I was still in Colombia this opportunity would never have presented itself.”
See Galan’s pastry creations on his Instagram page, @cakefactoryale, or see his youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/alejagalan