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Samantha Benjamin

Biography

After moving to NYC in 2007 she discovered the fun and excitement in making edible art and it quickly became her passion. Her love of art and baking helped turn her dreams into a reality and with that she launched her company THE DESSERTIST. 

THE DESSERTIST has since then become a well-recognized name and Sam has become a notable Artistic Pastry Chef with a growing list of cliental across the country. Her ability to create customized, one-of-a-kind desserts have captured the eye of many giving her the privilege to create pieces... READ MORE

After moving to NYC in 2007 she discovered the fun and excitement in making edible art and it quickly became her passion. Her love of art and baking helped turn her dreams into a reality and with that she launched her company THE DESSERTIST. 

THE DESSERTIST has since then become a well-recognized name and Sam has become a notable Artistic Pastry Chef with a growing list of cliental across the country. Her ability to create customized, one-of-a-kind desserts have captured the eye of many giving her the privilege to create pieces for notable chefs and celebrities. As the brand expanded, Sam has become a voice within the culinary industry and not only inspires but also educates her followers. As an ambassador for working mothers she takes part in many parent organizations and her daughter, Charley, is constantly featured as part of THE DESSERTIST brand. 

The outlook on the future of dessert is guaranteed success with her expert knowledge of flavor combinations and unique concepts of presentation; for her creativity is key. She is always working on the next “big” thing and her ability to create edible beauty is one-of-a-kind that has been well noticed.

An award-winning chef, her unique approach to desserts in both flavor and design have gained her recognition within the culinary and design worlds. She regularly makes appearances at national food festivals and charity events sharing her love of edible art. She is regularly a guest writer for multiple publications, recipe developer and a guest culinary instructor in schools across the area.

Sam and THE DESSERTIST is a business that gives back. Involved in many charitable organizations including Cookies for Kids Cancer, No Kid Hungry and Westchester Food Bank to name a few. Believing in using the brand for the greater good, THE DESSERTIST has supported and sponsored numerous organizations and charities on both local and national levels.

With the help of her husband Matt, Mr. Dessertist, THE DESSERTIST opened its doors in January of 2016 of their first DESSERT STUDIO. A full family business that is an interactive one-of-a-kind bakery and kitchen space. Not only is THE DESSERTIST a full retail bakery, it also serves as an event space, classroom and edible art gallery. Along with the store THE DESSERTIST brand is sold in over 30 stores and growing and Sam is continuing to work on her cookbook.

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What is your ultimate meal? A little bit of everything, but it must involve cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Anything super cheesy with a good sauce and a great protein and I'm happy.

What three things are always in your pantry? My pantry tends to be overstuffed most of the time, but I always have these three things: 1) Flour - always good for anything from sauces to pancakes. 2) Cereal - We are a HUGE cereal family, I could probably eat it for every meal. Right now we seriously have 12 different cereals in our pantry. 3) Popcorn - movie night is a big deal in our house and popcorn is a must have. We like to air pop it and add our own flavoring.

If you weren't a chef, what would you be? I love teaching! Both kids and adults, So if I wasn't a chef I'd be very happy being an art teacher or a home economics sounds fund and rewarding to me.

If you could cook with anyone, who would that be? I'm sure most people would choose a celebrity but to be honest I would choose my Great Grandparents and Great Great Grandparents. Some of my best recipes that I use to this day come from them and have been handed down to me by family. I would love to invite them to my kitchen and share with them my take on their recipes.

What’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? Burger Bash 2017! I was asked to make the big celebratory 10 year anniversary cake! It was an incredible rush helping my team carry a 7ft monster of a cake display on stage and presenting it to Rachael Ray. Not only was it a huge cake, it also had three tiers of cake pops, dessert burgers made of whoopie pies and fudge brownies, and sides of shortbread fries with caramel ketchup. We all had a great time laughing the night away and over indulging on the best burgers.