About Jan Kish
Jan Kish. La Petite Fleur. This phenomenally talented professional and her business are synonymous with FABULOUS. She has earned an incredibly impressive and industry respected resume over her 30-plus years in the biz. Building upon her inherited Hungarian flair for baking, she has added such titles as ‘Sugar Artist’, ‘Caterer’, ‘Entrepreneur’, ‘TV Celebrity’ and ‘Restaurateur’ to her rap sheet.
Her passion for gardening has led her down several wondrous paths. Creations produced on-location include prize-winning “Best In Show” towering sugar centerpiece for Herbal Society of America at the acclaimed Philadelphia Flower Show and the exquisite floral-themed confection at the famed Rose Cliff Mansion in Newport, RI. The American Craft Museum in NYC picked Jan to exhibit her interpretation of David Gilhouly’s ‘Gilhouly’s Coffee Break’ in sugar. Jan was invited to appear at COPIA in Napa Valley. That love also expressed itself in a living gift to her own community where she and her fellow herb society friends planned and developed the cozy Knot Garden open to the public all year round on Oxford Street in the village of Worthington, Ohio.
Jan’s masterful skill at precise attention to detail has allowed her to replicate in cake several architectural cakes, several corporate buildings, sports stadiums, arenas (ie: famed Wrigley Field and OSU’s Horseshoe), and historic and iconic structures such as Schloss Neuschwanstein, Notre Dame’s golden-domed Main Building and UVA’s Rotunda. Plus she has designed, constructed and patented her own cake pan entitled ‘English Boxwood Garden’ which can be purchased through La Petite Fleur.
Her fame has spread far-and-wide through her television appearances. Her competitive spirit flew on TLC’s Ultimate Cake Challenge where she garnered “Best Tasting Cake”; on The Food Network’s Cake Competition Jan created a hand-tooled ‘leather’ fondant cake where Trista and Ryan of ‘Bachelorette’ fame were judges. When the TODAY Show ‘Throws a Wedding’ the producers knew who to call! Jan was tapped to present a wedding cake for the lucky couple. Her intricate Limoges Box cake garnered rave reviews. She accepted the nod from Good Morning America’s Breast Cancer ‘Think Pink’ Awareness campaign where their set served as backdrop for Jan’s beautiful pink tribute -plus- her cookies and a wedding cake have also appeared. She has made guest appearances on B. Smith with Style and The Food Network’s Sugar Rush.
The print and web community have long sought Jan’s contributions. The short list of her fan club: Bride, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, InStyle, Columbus Bride, Country Living, Victoria, The Columbus Dispatch, Bride’s Reception, Pastry Art and Design, and Edible Columbus. Her work is highlighted in a variety of books highlighted by Maria McBride’s The Perfect Wedding Reception and Party Basics for New Nesters; Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Pie and Pastry Bible and The Cake Bible; Beverly Clark’s Weddings: A Celebration.
Accolades and recognitions, name dropping if we must, keep accumulating in her resume. These include thirteen consecutive years named to The Knot’s ‘Best of Weddings’. Tapped to be a guest instructor at The Seasonal Farmhouse. Named by Dessert Professionals magazine as one of the Top Ten Best Cake Designers in North America.
Jan is a ‘frequent flyer’ shipping cakes, sweet accessories AND herself domestically and internationally. (psst! Her list of clients, if she were to name a few, include President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Bob Hope and Woody Hayes.)
This dedicated artist has never stopped expanding her boundaries. Her education includes studying English Lit at Oxford (that IS England!) while she honed her culinary skills at Cordon Rose, the Cordon Bleu and L’Academie de Cuisine. Jan then spent ten years as a cardiac catheterization assistant at The Ohio State University Hospital before claiming her passion for all things delicious. She’s recently added cutting-edge Vegan and Savory wedding cakes to her list of offerings. Re-enacting the swash-buckling technique of Sabering, begun by Napoleon’s cavalry in the 1800’s, allows her exhibitionist tendencies to take center stage for the entertainment and enjoyment of wedding and party guests.