Picture this—you’re the executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island in Florida. You attend a staff meeting in October, and the general managers says, “Hey, I know what we can do this holiday season. Let’s make a 17 feet wide by 12 feet tall gingerbread pirate ship in the lobby. That’s easy as cake, right?”
Okay, I made that scene up. Let’s hope they planned this monstrosity more than a couple of months in advance. The massive undertaking took a crew of 12 pastry chefs over 350 hours to bake, assemble, and decorate. The S.S. Ginger Amelia was inspired by the vessel of a 19th century ruler of the island where the hotel is located. It has chocolate cannonballs, a treasure chest full of candy booty, and a gingerbread pirate captain. To add sadness to sheer amazement, I bet it’s not edible either. Though after it’s been on display for a month, you probably don’t want to take a bite anyways.
Watch a time lapse video of the pirate ship construction after the break.
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