Roland A. Winbeckler began his cake-decorating career in 1971. He worked in retail bakeries for 10 years, after which he started his own company, A-J Winbeckler Enterprises, from which he produces and sells his instruction books, operates his professional cake decorating classes, and markets specialty cake decorating supplies on the internet. Born in 1946, he resides in northern California.
He was a double gold medal winner at the World Culinary Olympics held in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1976.
He is the author of several instruction and pattern books on cake decorating.
He has written many articles for trade magazines dealing with the cake decorating and bakery field including Bakery Production and Marketing and American Cake Decorating.
He has been teaching professional cake decorating since 1975.
He has taught at the Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York, as well as many other prestigious institutions.
He has been a featured demonstrator at national Retailer's Bakery Association Conventions, the international cake decorators' conventions of the International Cake Exploration Society, and the 1991 Australian National Convention.
He has been featured on several instructional videotapes produced for The Retailer's Bakery Association as well as videos produced for the decorating public.
He has appeared on national television several times on such programs as "To Tell the Truth" and "You Asked for It" and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles throughout the country.
He has created many life-sized cake sculptures for and/or of famous personalities such as Cher, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Wayne Gretzky, Colonel Sanders, Princess Diana, and others.
In 1992, Roland A. Winbeckler was inducted into the International Cake Exploration Society's (ICES) Cake Decorator's Hall of Fame.