For the very first issue of THE CREATOR, I turned to the woman that inspired the series, my muse and friend, the great cake artist, SYLVIA WEINSTOCK. Sylvia is the most famous wedding cake artist in the world. Her cakes have graced the most elegant weddings of the past three and half decades, including my own wedding to Leslie Tishman in New York in 1988. The very first decision we made, like so many young couples, was to have our cake made by Sylvia Weinstock. While I admire her artistry and her longevity in pursuing her craft, it is her spirit of unlimited possibilities that most impresses me.
Weinstock was nearly 50 when she found her professional path in life. A former teacher, mother of three daughters, and aspiring chef, she confronted and won her battle with breast cancer. She has remained a generous advocate of research and patient support ever since. It was during her recovery that she began making romantic floral cakes for William Greenberg, Jr. Every New York holiday party featured "Greenberg cookies" and Sylvia distinguished herself with this introduction and the rest as they say is history. She would become the cake maker for society weddings in New York and then around the world. Sylvia would never name drop but I will. Her cakes have graced weddings for Kennedys, Trumps, and Tischs, the Clinton Whitehouse, Oprah and Robert De Niro parties, and events by her frequent collaborators, Carolyne Roehm and Preston Bailey. Sylvia Weinstock's cakes have become a part of the culture of weddings globally. They signify the very best in this culinary art. In my opinion Sylvia Weinstock is to cakes what Coco Chanel is to high fashion. A true artist!! She is also a woman I love and admire. She inspires me in the pursuit of my own design work. Thank you Sylvia Honey!