With an anticipated 10,000 in attendance and 150+ vendors, the Americas Cake Fair will have something for everyone: a jam-packed schedule of live theater demonstrations and hands-on classes, a glamorous sugar arts fashion show, cake competitions, and an impressive lineup of celebrity chefs, master patissiers, and chocolatiers, dessert specialists, and industry-renowned bakers and decorators.
Buddy Valastro is an accomplished fourth generation baker born into the business owned and operated by his parents. Buddy grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey in an old-fashioned Italian family. He showed a flair for cake decorating at an early age. At the age of 17, Buddy's father died. Suddenly, the only son had to take on the responsibilities of the patriarch. He thrived under pressure. With the help of his family, Buddy has taken Carlo's Bakery to new heights, including expanding the bakery across the country and around the world. Growing up in a family of incredible cooks, Buddy brought his family's classic Italian recipes to the table, opening his first restaurant, Buddy V's, in the Venetian Las Vegas. Back in Hoboken, Buddy oversees the day-to-day operations of the bakeries. That entails managing over-the-top bridezillas, dealing with unreliable suppliers and late deliveries, addressing complaints of walk-in customers, drumming up new business and keeping the peace in his family while executing hundreds of elegant cakes. Buddy has a big personality and an even bigger heart. He is the glue that keeps the family together.
Mich Turner MBE is the founder of Little Venice Cake Company and is often described as “Cake Maker to the Stars”, thanks to her award-winning designs and celebrity clientele including Her Majesty The Queen, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Gordon Ramsay, and David Beckham. Among her many accolades, Mich was named Harper’s Bazaar & CHANEL Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, and in 2009 her company was listed in the Walpole Luxury Brands of Tomorrow. In 2010, Mich received an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to the catering industry. She is also recognized as a Satin Ice Artist of Excellence and a brand ambassador for Create and Craft. An authority on cake making, baking, and decoration, Mich has worked as a consultant for many luxury and premium brands. This autumn the first Mich Turner Collection of Afternoon Tea Fine Bone China in association with William Edwards launches exclusively with Fortnum and Mason. In addition to hosting cake demonstrations, judging competitions internationally, and her frequent TV appearances as a judge on the successful Britain’s Best Bakery, Mich is a successful writer and author of five six bestselling books
including the brand new #1 Bestseller “Have Your
Cake and Eat It”.
As chef-owner of one of the country’s finest couture cake studios, Ron Ben-Israel and his creations have been featured in countless television shows, films, books and publications. He was named the Best Baker by Vogue and was also declared Martha Stewart’s favorite cake maker. His work appears at many of New York’s premiere hotels and is delivered to destinations across the world every day.
In 2011, Ron became host and judge of the Food Network’s hit show Sweet Genius, which after three seasons has been syndicated around the world. Ron is the only Guest Master Pastry Chef at the renowned International Culinary Center in NYC and throughout the year he travels across the U.S. and internationally to teach and lecture. A Satin Ice Artist of Excellence, Ron is a proud member of City Harvest’s Food Council and Advisory Board and a supporter of Lambda Legal Defense.
Nancy Fuller is a warm, loving mother of six and grandmother of 13, and the owner of Ginsberg’s Foods, a multimillion-dollar business she runs with her husband. Nancy lives in an authentic 17th-century farmhouse on beautiful, rolling land in New York’s Hudson Valley region. Nancy’s food and recipes represent her surroundings on the farm and her philosophy of feeding others with delicious, simple meals from the heart.
In addition to hosting her show Farmhouse Rules, Nancy is also a judge on Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship.
Natalie & Dave Sideserf
Natalie and Dave Sideserf are the owners of Austin's famed Sideserf Cake Studio, an award-winning bakery that specializes in some of the most innovative hyperrealistic techniques in the cake world today. The husband-wife team also host Food Network's Texas Cake House, where viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the couple creating the most amazing cakes their beloved city of Austin has ever seen.
Emily Ellyn - Show Host
What do you get when you mix down-home values with quirky up-town flair and a solid culinary education?
A deliciously unique cooking personality!
Meet Celebrity Chef Emily Ellyn - Emily Ellyn is best known as the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network; appearing on “Food Network Star,” “Cupcake Wars” and most recently as the winner of “Cutthroat Kitchen.” She’s also a culinary educator and food writer, who is the national spokesperson for Frigo cheese and the Cake Genius at “Cake Central” magazine. Emily encourages everyone to dig through their mother’s recipe box, dust off their pressure cookers, and take the old and make it new. She takes the retro, remixes it, and makes it RAD! Don’t miss this rising culinary star, with her trademark cat-eyed glasses, cooking up fun at food and spirits events around the world.