Hailing from Macon, Georgia; Ryan graduated top of his class and obtained degrees in pastry arts, culinary arts, and restaurant management from Southeast Culinary and Hospitality College in Bristol, Virginia. Upon finishing his internship at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, Tennessee, he began his career by taking over as their pastry chef in 2011. American Cake Decorating magazine has done a few different write-ups on Ryan throughout the year of 2014. Ryan has endured a Food Network competition called King Of Cones, where he placed 2nd in his episode. Ryan currently runs a wine and dessert bar known as Fermented. Never settling for complacency, he is always looking for new challenges, techniques, and knowledge to further his abilities and to deepen his passion. His next mission is to start bridging the gap between the cake world and the pastry world so that they can coexist harmoniously. He currently resides in Kingsport, Tennessee.