Hi. My name is Michelle Doll, and I'm a cake designer. I'm actually a career changer. I spent ten years in the graphic design industry, working in corporate identity development, and while that was great, it's not what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I went to the French Culinary Institute down in SoHo and studied their professional pastry program. After that, I went to work for Ron BenIsrael. He's one of the best, if not the best, cake designer in the world. I was with him for over a year as a sugar artist. After that, I went to work for a patisserie in Brooklyn called Colson. It's a Belgian place. I was there for a little over a year, doing both sweet and savory. So it was really nice not to eat wedding cake every single day and getting to stretch my wings a little bit and do soups, salads, sandwiches. We'd be up in the middle of the night rolling our own croissants. We did everything there.
After that, I was approached by Food Network to do a throwdown with Bobby Flay. It was the wedding cake episode, and I won, so everything became about wedding cakes again. So for the last seven, eight years, I've had my own wedding cake company called Michelle Doll Cakes. Our website's michelledollcakes.com. I get to take in all of my graphic design experiences as well as my baking experience and create something perfect for brides that way.
And I'm branching out a little bit more. For the last two years, I've been teaching at different culinary schools around the city, both sweet and savory. I teach two to three savory classes a week, and I absolutely love it.
So if you want to learn more about me, visit michelledollcakes.com or send me a Tweet at @DollBaker, and I'd love to hear from you. Thanks.