Orlando León – Chef Owner & Cake Artist
Executive Chef Orlando León came to the United States from Bogota, Colombia, at the age of 16. Soon after his arrival, he began working as a Garde Mangé of the renowned River Café. While still in college, he continued to work in the kitchens of a several well-known chefs including Larry Forgione and Jonathan Waxman. He also served as Executive Sous Chef and Pastry Chef at Metropolis Café. In 1997, along with his wife Stacey, he opened his own Latin Café and Catering Company, MOSAICO food of the Americas, and in 2005, he became the Executive Chef at the Benjamin Hotel.
Throughout his culinary career Chef León’s love for the pastry arts inspired him to create unique, sumptuous desserts and baked goods, but his calling as a Cake Artist all began with his daughter Tallulah’s birthday. In 2009, when he asked Tallulah what type of cake she wanted for her 6th birthday party, she requested a Butterfly Cake. Calling on his 20 years of experience in baking, Chef León created a stunning and delicious cake covered with elegant, colorful sugar butterflies. Not only did Tallulah’s eyes light-up when it was presented, but guests at the party raved over the cake’s exceptional design, the detailed workmanship and the delicious taste. Soon, requests were coming in from friends and guests for Chef Leon to create one-of-a-kind cakes for their special celebrations. Butterfly Bakeshop was born and the elegant butterfly confection became its signature, now found on every cake that the bakeshop produces.
At Butterfly Bakeshop, Chef León combines his imaginative talent for designing and personalizing cakes with his culinary expertise and attention to detail in decorating and building flavors. Through it, Chef León is making it possible for everyone to delight in the rich tastes and elegant designs of Butterfly Bakeshop cakes.
Stacey León, Partner
Stacey’s experience in food service began with a part time job in high school. There she discovered the perfect career that would combine her two favorite pastimes, food and parties. She pursued her passions by attending Johnson and Wales University, graduating with a B.S. in Food Service Management. She then worked for more than 15 years directing food operations and events in a number of Manhattan hotels, restaurants and catering venues. Now married to Orlando and mother to one of the TV Food Networks youngest fans, Stacey is using her professional skills and love of celebrations to create memorable experiences for the customers at Butterfly Bakeshop.