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Jonathan Elias

Jonathan Elias

Jonathan Elias is a young, up-and-coming pastry chef, specializing in custom designed cakes.  He began as a youngling helping his grandmother in the kitchen, baking cakes and middle-eastern desserts.  As a young adult, he enrolled in the culinary program at Macomb Community College, with an emphasis on pastries.  During his time at MCC, he entered several pastry competitions, 2 of which resulted in 1st place victories.  He also partook in a rare opportunity to learn exquisite cake-decorating techniques by the world-renowned pastry chef, Kerry Vincent.

After graduation, Jonathan worked his way up to becoming the pastry chef of Cameron’s Steakhouse in Birmingham, MI.  His time away from Cameron’s is spent working on his true passion: making unique and delicious cakes as The Pastry Guru.  He has assumed this role for over 5 years, during which he has partaken in multiple shows, such as Decadence Food & Wine Tasting.  His clientele include Detroit Lions stars, Nate Burleson and Stephen Tulloch, and Joe Farris of Project Runway and Motor City Denim.  He also had his work featured in the HBO-hit show, Hung, and in Ambassador Magazine.