Sugar Flowers and Gay Weddings with Ron Ben-Israel!

June 27th

Weddings are magical, and many people dream of that singular day from a young age. Pastry chef Ron Ben-Israel and his team at Ron Ben-Israel Cakes play a fundamental role in that celebration for their clients, creating massive cakes with cascading sugar flowers, models of New York’s most iconic buildings, and pretty much anything else their hearts desire, layered with artistry, geometry, architecture, traditional, precision, and love.

On today’s show, Ron shares what he’s learned from this intimate relationship with his clients. Have the successes and failures he’s witnessed taught him anything about lasting love that he’s then pulled into his own romantic life? How have gay weddings, specifically, flourished since the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York five years ago on June 24th, 2011? As a gay man, what is Ron observing in his community after the recent horrific events in Orlando? What has being a food celebrity taught him about communication in romantic relationships? And does he think true romance is dead?

Tune in Monday, June 27th at 4pm EST to find out


About Ron Ben-Israel

Photo Brent Herrig

As Chef-Owner of one of the most established couture cake studios in the world, 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 fine art schooling and ballet training to master the discipline of pastry arts.

He founded Ron Ben-Isreal Cakes in 2009, and his collections of trendsetting cakes can be spotted in many of New York’s premiere hotels and venues, in countless publications including The New York Times, In Style, Vogue Magazine, and in Martha Stewart Weddings, with which Ron has collaborated extensively for over 20 years.

In 2011 the bakery received further acclaim when Ron became host and judge of the Food Networks’ hit show Sweet Genius, which aired for three seasons. Since then he has been a favorite judge and guest on numerous Food Network programs, including Chopped, America’s Best Cook, Worst Cooks in America, Guy’s Grocery Games, Halloween Baking Championship and All-Star Gingerbread Build. Ron also is a co-judge on Cake Wars, which aired its second season in January 2016.

Ron also is the only Guest Master Pastry Chef at the renowned International Culinary Center in New York City where he shares his passion, techniques and secrets with the students through exclusive demos and classes.

Ron is a proud member of City Harvest’s Food Council and its Advisory Board, which brings together over sixty of New York City’s top chefs, restaurateurs and food industry professionals to aid the organization in the fight against hunger. Ron also is an active supporter of Lambda Legal Defense and an advocate of same-sex marriage.

Find out more at and on Twitter/Instagram as @RBICakes

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