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Edible structure pays homage to Old San Juan’s beauty and architectural inspiration with festive flair 

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – DEC. 1, 2015 –Today, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan welcome the holiday season with the debut of the replica of El Viejo San Juan, the island’s historic colonial settlement. This sweet structure will be available for public viewing in the luxury hotel's main lobby through January 6th.

Constructed by the resort’s Executive Pastry Chef Troman Felizmenio, the culinary masterpiece is sculpted from more than 300 pieces of gingerbread. Taking more than 250 hours to craft and assemble with meticulous planning, the aromatic gingerbread village is festively adorned with icing, gingerbread and candy pearls. Ingredients include 180 pounds of flour, 300 whole eggs, seven pounds of spices, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, 60 pounds each of brown and white sugar, 94 pounds of butter and 13 pounds of locally-produced honey. 

Executive Chef Felizemenio’s career spans nearly twenty years having served as Executive Pastry Chef in diverse and flavorful international markets. In 2014, Troman joined the team at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan; he previously served as Executive Pastry Chef for The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya in China. Prior to his tenure in China, he was at The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, where he created a two-meter-high cake replica of the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral, which received critical acclaim. 

The oceanfront resort is also offering a variety of holiday-themed activities for the entire family to enjoy including a gingerbread house workshop for children and adults. Enjoy this holiday tradition led by Chef Troman December 22 and 24, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.