Local Cakes – the last cake bakery in Hamburg’s red light district

In the Rönnfeld pastry shop everything has been made by hand for more than 50 years. Master confectioner Holger Rönnfeld has exactly the right touch, with a mixture of modern management and the glorious traditional store where his 82 year old mother Helga, still stands behind the counter every day!

Often she has no time for a lunch break: “When I rest, I feel the arthritis,” says the fiesty old lady who needs her customers as much as her husband, senior chef Harry, needs his bakery.

Author Anja Glücklich follows the charming family through their working life, which is often turbulent. Sometimes this is a big challenge, but they all want to keep the last pastry shop in St. Pauli alive. “I’m often asked, “How do you manage to do so well?” “Innate talent, perhaps,” says Harry Rönnfeld, producing another fine leaved marzipan rose with his 84 year old hands. His daughter-in-law Monica designs the most unusual cakes, while her husband Holger enjoys delivering everywhere in the neighborhood and older sister Helga reveals heart and soul in the best stories about St. Pauli to the visitors on city tours, which stop in front of the shop. For example, how one day her husband had to deliver a cake to Herbertstrasse, just around the corner from the Reeperbahn…

Broadcast date:Montag, 17. Januar 2010 um 18:15 Uhr im NDR
Length:30 Min.
Written and directed by:Anja Glücklich
Editorial advisor:Arne Siebert (NDR)
Production:Ulrike Römhild, Daniel Buresch (NDR)
Producer:Jasmin Gravenhorst
Executive producer:Hartmut Klenke
Filming location:Hamburg