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Ron Ben-Israel dishes out his best at City Harvest fundraiser

The acclaimed cake designer took an active role in helping to end hunger in NYC during City Harvest's Big Against Hunger.


October 7, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Chef Ron Ben-Israel attends City Harvest's 22nd Annual Bid Against Hunger at Pier 36 on Oct. 6, 2016, in New York City. Chef Ron Ben-Israel attends City Harvest's 22nd Annual Bid Against Hunger at Pier 36 on Oct. 6, 2016, in New York City.
October 7, 2016 | Latest Photo

An exceptional culinary experience would not be complete without Ron Ben-Israel, and sure enough, he delivered. The Israeli-born award-winning New York City wedding cake designer was one of more than 70 representatives on hand on Oct. 6 for tastings and auctions as part of City Harvest's annual Big Against Hunger, a food-rescue benefit geared toward helping feed New Yorkers who struggle to put food on their tables. The event typically raises more than $1 million.

Ben-Israel, who grew up in Tel Aviv and trained as a dancer before transitioning to pastry arts, is a regular on the Food Network circuit, having hosted and judged on such shows as "Sweet Genius," "All-Star Gingerbread Build" and "Cake Wars." He's also been commissioned by some of the city’s finest hotels, including the St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton and Waldorf Astoria. Notably, he and his team once created a 6-foot chandelier cake for the movie "Sex and the City 2."

But when he's not judging TV competitions and performing feats of culinary magic, Ben-Israel is teaming up with more than 75 chefs, restaurateurs and celebrities in the Big Apple to fight hunger. He currently sits on City Harvest's Food Council among such notable personalities as model/TV host Chrissy Teigen and Roots drummer Questlove.

Ron Ben-Israel Cakes displays a tasting plate at the event, held at Pier 36 in New York. Ron Ben-Israel Cakes displays a tasting plate at the event, held at Pier 36 in New York. (Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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