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Local Chef, Ice Sculptor Does Hallmark Film Scene

Leave it to Hollywood to film a winter scene on a 95-degree day — complete with a character creating an ice sculpture.

And if your actor playing the part can’t really carve a block of ice, of course you’ll need an actual ice sculptor to serve as a stand-in.


The ice sculptor in this case was well-known Cache Valley chef John Simpson, whose practiced chainsaw technique is now featured in “The Christmas Edition,” one of this year’s holiday offerings on Hallmark’s Lifetime channel starring Carly Hughes, Rob Mays and Marie Osmond. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.