"The most successful person is the one who is most inspired. That is true in food and in life."
"I want my food dead. Not sick, not dying, dead."Ron Ben-Israel on Oscar Wilde
"You can tell alot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans."Ron Ben-Israel on Ronald Reagan
"It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available."Ron Ben-Israel on Ronald Reagan
"You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six."Ron Ben-Israel on Yogi Berra
"Beware the hobby that eats."Ron Ben-Israel on Benjamin Franklin
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."