Belgian "cakemaker to the kings" dies

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S.G. Sender, the Belgian-born pastry chef who created the cake for the wedding of Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diana, has died at the age of 78 near Paris, his family told AFP on Saturday.

PARIS - Dubbed the "cakemaker to the kings", he was born Sender Wayntraub in Mont-sur-Marchienne in Belgium but had lived for a long time in France.

The descendant of generations of patissiers -- he said one of his ancestors had worked for Louis XIV and another for the celebrated 19th century chef Antonin Careme -- Sender had been employed in courts in Belgium, Britain, Japan, the Netherlands and Sweden.

A specialist in prestige pieces, he created the cake for the royal wedding of Britain's heir to the throne and for Belgium's King Baudouin.

He also contributed special show items for the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris and for an exhibition on sugar at the Centre Pompidou in 1985-1986.

During his life he amassed a collection of 6,000 works on the culinary arts from the 16th century to the present day.

He co-authored a history of cake and sweet making in France.

Sender had died on July 12 after a long illness, his family said.

Fellow chefs and patissiers will pay their respects to him at a religious service in Plaisir, west of Paris, on Tuesday.


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