Gingerbread House-The Chef Behind the Creation โ˜˜ Hoey Team โ˜˜ eXp Realty

Dated: December 17 2019

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The chef behind Naples Ritz-Carlton's Gingerbread House has a remarkable story of strength?

As executive pastry chef of The Ritz-Carlton Naples resort, Campbell is responsible for one of the largest gingerbread houses in Southwest Florida.
Monday, December 16th 2019, 7:06 PM EST by Sean Martinelli

NAPLES, Fla. — Lerome Campbell always knew he wanted to be a pastry chef. Growing up in Jamaica, his mother filled their home with sweet smells that Lerome wanted to recreate.

Eventually, he would. As executive pastry chef of The Ritz-Carlton Naples resort, Campbell is responsible for one of the largest gingerbread houses in Southwest Florida.

"It’s very labor-intensive, and it gets stressful at times," Campbell said. "We want [guests] to look at the house and be like, 'Wow I’ve never seen that before,' and that’s what we strive for every year."

Thousands of guests pass by the creation in the hotel's lobby each year. Many also pass by Campbell, who grins from ear-to-ear no matter how difficult the season might be. In 2011, while working the resort, Campbell's oldest daughter passed away.

"It was an amazing nine months with her," Campbell said. "The doctors and the nurses were just touched. But when that happened, I never thought that I would... make it from that. But a year later, my oldest was born and that definitely was the one thing that kept me going."

Campbell said he found strength and joy from his passion in baking.

"I think the lesson is just confident in who you are and what you do," Campbell said. "It doesn’t matter how hard it gets — move forward."

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