2017 Special Guests and Celebrity Chefs
New Celebrity Guests and Demonstrators Added Weekly
Ron Ben-Israel, “Cake Wars”, “Sweet Genius”
As Chef-Owner of one of the country’s finest couture cake studios, Ron Ben-Israel started his confectionery adventures after a fifteen-year career as a professional modern dancer. Upon retiring from performing with companies spanning three continents, he utilized his art schooling and ballet training to master the discipline of pastry arts.
Many books have celebrated his cakes including Vera Wang on Weddings, Kate Manchester’s The Perfect Wedding Cake, Bette Matthews’ For Your Wedding – Cakes and Joan Hamburg’s City Weddings. Zagat has published glowing reviews on Ron’s confections for the past ten years.
Duff Goldman, “Food Network Star”
Classically trained at Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, Chef Duff Goldman worked under such notable chefs as Jessie Llapitan, now Executive Chef of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, and Chef Jason Rogers, of Olives in Aspen, and now at the Borgata of Atlantic City. Duff left Colorado to cook and bake bread for Todd English’s Olives back in Washington, D.C., and worked under Executive Chef Steve Mannino. His entrepreneurial spirit took him back to Baltimore in 2000, where he finally realized his dream and opened Charm City Cakes…
Ken Jeong, Star of “Dr. Ken, Community, Hangover films”
Dr Ken Jeong definitely knows how to make an entrance. In a breakout role in The Hangover, Jeong memorably leaps from a car trunk stark naked, madly flailing a crowbar. After that part, Jeong burst onto the comedy scene on NBC’s Community and turns in several blockbuster movies. So it’s only fitting that the doctor-turned-actor makes his appearance in commercials for smartphone game Cookie Jam by barging Kool-Aid man-style through a wall into a hair salon clad in a cookie costume. He was even able to put his own spin on the role, after spitballing a few different antics for his character. The 30-second spot was good practice for Jeong’s current day-job, he says, where he is shooting his first sitcom in a starring role, ABC’s Dr. Ken, and he has found himself with more creative control than ever before.
Olivia Sanabia, of the Amazon series “Just Add Magic”
Elise Strachan, Founder of MyCupcakeAddiction
Elise Strachan created the wildly successful My Cupcake Addiction brand as a way to bring her over the top ideas and accessible approach to all things sweet. With over 10 Million followers around the world, Elise aims to make life just a little bit sweeter through food, fun and fabulous at-home entertaining.
Rosanna Pansino, Host & NYT Bestselling Author of “Nerdy Nummies”
New York Times bestselling author and award-winning online personality Rosanna Pansino is the creator and host of the Internet’s most popular baking show, Nerdy Nummies. With more than 4.8 million subscribers, and over 1 billion total video views, Rosanna has quickly become one of the top three most watched female influencers on YouTube.
Sarah Lane, Masterchef Jr Contestant
Burt Ward “Robin”
Burt had all the makings of a true “Boy Wonder”. At the age of two, Burt was the youngest professional ice skater in the world and was featured in “Strange As It Seems,” a predecessor to the Guinness Book of Records. As a teenager, Burt was an all-around athlete, strong in martial arts, wrestling, track, tennis and golf, combined with a sharp intellect, playing “first board” in chess for Beverly Hills High School, achieving the top 3% in the U.S. in math and science tests at UCLA, and becoming the world’s fastest reader – Burt tested before the American Medical Society in Beverly Hills, California and was clocked at 30,000 words per minute with 90% comprehension (the average reader reads 240 words per minute with 40% comprehension). Burt was featured in an article entitled, “Will the Real Boy Wonder Please Stand Up” and subsequently appeared on the national television educational show “Read Right.”