Starting out in Los Angeles creating sculptured cakes for the Hollywood celebrity set, Anthea Leonard returned to Australia in 1980 to set up Sweet Art.
Bringing home a client list that included the likes of Barbara Streisand, Candice Bergen, Olivia Newton John, Dylan, Cher, Elton John, Bob Hope and Elizabeth Taylor, to name but a few, Sydney was in for a treat, as Anthea had already began weaving the seeds of her creativity in edible sculptures, the scope of which was only ever limited by her imagination.
Originally from Perth, Anthea moved to Sydney to study sculpture and ceramics at East Sydney Art School (now the National Art School), after having majored in art at high school. Following this, Europe beckoned, with the next two years studying art and living in Florence, before heading off for a another few years in New York and Los Angeles. Around this time, Anthea honed her culinary skills, training at Le Notre in ice creams, patisserie, and French chocolate making.
Sweet Art’s first Sydney clients evolved around corporate clientele and the entertainment industry, as cakes would be designed to launch theatre plays, films, live music shows and of course vinyl records of the day! Whilst her birthday cakes gave the idea of “spectacular” a whole new meaning.
Popular demand swayed Anthea into the realm of wedding cakes, where she has proved to be a tour de force in taking custom made cakes into a whole new dimension which remains unparalleled. Some of our most recent clients include Princess Mary of Denmark, Nicole Kidman’s children, Cate Blanchetts’ son, Lady Di and Prince Charles, former Prime Minister John Howard and Michael Caton.
In the last ten years, her contribution to special events has moved beyond the world of cakes to include event styling, stationery design and floristry. Anthea and her team, have designed extraordinary events for major corporate clients (in both event management and promotional work), television networks, worked on movie and advert sets, numerous magazine front covers, National Gallery, M.C.A., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Craft Council of Australia (now Object Gallery), along with private parties for some very well known Sydneysiders!