Lisa Mansour is an award-winning expert in cake decoration. The co-founder and owner of NY Cake & Baking Supply in New York, Jill also founded the NY Cake Academy where she teaches courses on fondant, specialty cakes and seasonal topics for people of all levels.
Growing up, Lisa was surrounded by baking, cake decorating and candy making. Her grandmother, Anne Taylor, was a chocolatier, and her mother, Joan, is one of the pioneers of cake decorating in New York. Lisa’s passion and enthusiasm for the family business became apparent in grade school, always delighting her peers with creative confections for school events, including a six-tier cake for her high school prom.
In 1980, when Lisa’s mother opened her first shop, The Chocolate Gallery, in the back of her husband’s cosmetic store, Lisa worked there almost every weekend and assisted with the classes her mother taught. In 1989, Lisa and Joan expanded The Chocolate Gallery to become the first store and school of its kind in the tri-state area, dedicated solely to the art of cake decorating and candy creation. In 1992, they expanded to a bigger storefront and NY Cake & Baking Supply was born. As NY Cake Academy continued to grow, they were able to bring in famed guest instructors such as renowned chocolatier Jacques Torres and James Beard Award-winning pastry-chef Albert Kumin.
In 2013, Lisa put on the first annual NY Cake Show. The idea for the show was bred from the small cake shows and competitions that her mother used to put on for her students and it has since continued to grow in size and splendor each year going from 100 attendees in the first year to over 3,000 in 2016. This year’s show is taking place on June 10-11th at Pier 36 in NYC and will be Broadway-themed.
Lisa has won several awards from the Société Culinaire Philanthropique including “Best in Show”, and she was recently invited by the French Culinary Institute to judge students’ final exams, grading each on appearance, design and taste. She has also been inducted into The Wilton Method Instructor Hall of Fame. Martha Stewart Radio, NY1, American Cake, and The Bravo Network have all recognized and featured Lisa, her store and its latest products, and most recently she was on ‘Not My Mama’s Meals’ with Bobby Deen on The Cooking Channel.