Steve Konopelski Biography

Steve Konopelski is a pastry chef, couture wedding cake designer, and owner of Turnbridge Point® Bed & Breakfast in Denton, Maryland.  Steve’s career in hospitality and baking took an unusual path, emerging from years as a Broadway dancer and performer.  Steve’s background in performing reveals itself in his wedding cake designs, which combine intricate detail and a flare for the dramatic.  His time as a performer has also shaped Steve’s approach to hospitality.  Though Turnbridge Point offers a relaxing and casually elegant atmosphere, Steve’s sense of staging, timing, and creativity produce a truly memorable experience for his guests.

Before arriving on Broadway, Steve grew up in the tiny town of Mayfair, population 30, in Saskatchewan, Canada.  He went to school in nearby Rabbit Lake, a much larger town of 113 people.  At the age of 16, Steve left Saskatchewan to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in the Professional Division, graduating in 1997.  He then went on to study ballet at Brigham Young University, though he left the school in 1998 to complete a two-year mission.

After his mission was complete, Steve returned to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School for further training.  From there, he performed in a variety of shows throughout the United States, including stints on cruise ships and several variety shows across the USA.  In 2004, Steve was cast in a production of Guys and Dolls at the acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse.  This was followed by roles in Cats, West Side Story, and Beauty and the Beast at other notable regional playhouses.  Steve’s first Broadway performance was in Hot Feet in 2006. This was followed by a role in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. Foreshadowing his future culinary career, Steve was cast as the Cheese Grater.

In 2008, Steve performed in the City Center Encores Series production of Gypsy, which starred Tony Award-winning actress Patti LuPone.  He was later cast in the Broadway production of Gypsy, which debuted in 2009 and went on to win three Tony Awards and produce a cast album.  Steve then served as Dance Captain for several musical productions at major theaters throughout the United States.

One of Steve’s favorite roles in his career as a professional dancer was serving as the dance double for Pablo the Penguin, a character in Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans. In this role, Steve performed choreography in front of a green screen. Animators then used Steve’s dancing and mannerisms to create Pablo’s movements. Steve served as Pablo’s dance double for more than two years while he also performed in various musical theater productions.

Steve’s final performance in musical theater was a principal role in 42nd Street at the Merry Go Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York.  After the show ended in 2011, Steve decided to retire from performing and pursue his passion for baking.

Steve enrolled in the French Culinary Institute, now known as the International Culinary Center, and graduated at the top of his class in 2012.  He received top marks in his class on all major projects.  While still attending culinary school, Steve worked as a pastry cook at the esteemed restaurant, Saxon + Parole in New York City.  After graduation, Steve served as a cake decorator at the Garden City Hotel on Long Island.  He then went on to serve as assistant to the pastry chef at the prestigious North Fork Table & Inn on Long Island, working under the James Beard Award-winning chef Claudia Fleming.

In August 2014, Steve and his husband Rob Griffith moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to open a bed and breakfast.  After acquiring a Victorian-era waterfront home in downtown Denton, Steve and Rob renovated all of the guestrooms and added a commercial kitchen.  They opened the bed and breakfast under the name Turnbridge Point® in May 2015.  Turnbridge Point® has quickly earned a reputation for providing an outstanding guest experience.

In addition to running Turnbridge Point® with his husband, Steve continues to design wedding cakes for brides and grooms throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  He also runs Turnbridge Point’s catering business and hosts a monthly Sunday brunch at the B&B.  Steve shares his love of baking by teaching baking classes throughout the year.

In November 2015, Steve competed on Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship, finishing as the runner-up after eight episodes of eliminations.