Hiroshi (Hiro) Takahashi and Harry Takeda are culinary artists who have a passion for beauty in ice. Both trained in Japan, and came to Canada in the early 70’s as skilled chefs with a special talent in Ice Carving. They both quickly gained recognition for their amazing talent and began creating ice sculptures for special events and competing in competitions.
Their ice carvings have been displayed at the most prostegous events, such as Queen Elizabeth’s visit in the early 90’s and when Bill Clinton visited Canada. They have also been requested and flown to Ottawa to build massive ice carvings for special national and international occasions. They also proudly contributed their work to the 2010 Olympics here in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Traveling around the world, and representing Canada, they have now competed and won numerous world-renowned ice carving competitions including the Ottawa Winterlude, Chicago Classic, Ice Magic in Lake Louise and the World Ice Carving Competitions in Fairbank, Alaska and Harbin, China. They have also represented Canada in the Winter Olympics.
Through the competitions, they have met and worked with numerous other world renowned ice carvers such as Junichi Nakamura who have mentored and helped them build their talent.
Jin Shinmoto also trained in Japan, and worked as a professional ice carver in Paris, France for over 10 years. While also competing in the World Ice Competitions, he was recognized for his amazing artistry and was recruited by Hiro to work at Cool Creations. Nick Medina has been working with Cool Creations since 2015 and is quickly picking up the art of Ice Sculpting.