Chef Benny Rivera started his cake career in Puerto Rico as a young teenager and the occasional hobby cake turned in to a true passion when he discovered his natural talent. When Chef Rivera relocated to New York City in 1996, his career path was focused in foreign market financial analysis.
However, he craved a change for many years. In an attempt to explore his past interest of cake decorating, he began taking culinary courses to learn the latest techniques in creating elaborate, sophisticated and unique cake designs.
Trained through courses from the French Culinary Institute, now The International Culinary Center, The Institute of Culinary Education and renowned cake designer Colette Peters, Chef Rivera uses the most advanced techniques to bring a remarkably clean element to modern cake design. Chef Benny not only specialises in three dimensional sculpted cakes but also pumpkins and chocolate in addition to sugarpaste flowers, buttercream, royal icing and creative fondant techniques.
He co-owns a high-end custom cake design studio and bakery in Manhattan, called City Cakes, and was also featured on the first season of TLC’s Fabulous Cakes and Secret Wedding. He also has been a contestant on multiple shows aired on The Food Network in addition to ABC’s The Rachel Ray Show. Chef Benny has not only created amazing cake designs for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Bethenny Frankel, Kelly Rowland, Heidi Klum, Fergie and Mike Myers but his work also has been featured in many publications too.