"I did a cake for the 60th birthday of Elton John, for Britney Spears' 27th birthday and for the 'Circus' album she put out - the cake had circus themes. I prepared a cake for a surprise 82nd birthday event for the architect Frank Gehry the cake was comprised of mini-replicas of his buildings."
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."Ron Ben-Israel on Voltaire
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."Ron Ben-Israel on Oprah Winfrey
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."Ron Ben-Israel on Jim Valvano
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity."Ron Ben-Israel on Eleanor Roosevelt
"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."Ron Ben-Israel on Brian Tracy
"In the past few years, we've been doing amazing stuff with desserts. Pastry chefs have been using herbs and spices in their desserts. So vanilla cake doesn't have to be just vanilla, it can have a little thyme. Or you could have a custard with a little lavender in it, which is just amazing."
"Pastry is different from cooking because you have to consider the chemistry, beauty and flavor. It's not just sugar and eggs thrown together. I tell my pastry chefs to be in tune for all of this. You have to be challenged by using secret or unusual ingredients."
"We used to be referred to as bakers and then we became known as cake decorators and now we are known as cake designers. I teach at the French Culinary Institute in New York and cake design is a legitimate profession."
"The most successful person is the one who is most inspired. That is true in food and in life."
"Your best creative assets do not occur unless you do a mental shift. You have to be in a positive frame of mind because inspiration is fleeting. I walk to work for inspiration and to clear my mind."
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