Buddy Valastro - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

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Buddy Valastro

Carlo's Bakery - Hoboken, NJ

For New York Times best-selling author Buddy Valastro, 42, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker, and TLC TV show, Cake Boss.

Buddy Sr., the original Cake Boss, followed in the path of his father and grandfather, both bakers in Sicily, and bought Carlo’s Bakery from Carlo Guastaffero in 1963. He proudly ran the bakery for over twenty-five years before moving it from residential Adams Street to its current and more central location on Washington Street in Hoboken. When Buddy was 11, he began working at the family bakery alongside his father. “My dad was my best friend and idol -anything to spend more time with him was important.”

It was at the bakery that Buddy found his calling and knew his destiny was to help his father make the family business a household name. He didn’t realize how soon he would be called to action. When he was 17, his father passed away, forever changing Buddy’s life. Drawing on the strength of his memory and bolstered by wearing his father’s St Anthony medallion (which he still wears everyday), it was time for Buddy to step up to the role he had been primed for and become the new Cake Boss.

Carlo’s Bakery had always been well known for its incredible wedding cakes and over the years, Buddy’s creations were frequently featured in bridal magazines. As a result of this exposure, Buddy was invited to participate on Food Network Challenge in 2004. Recognizing a growing interest in televised baking shows, Buddy saw an opportunity to push the bakery into new territory and he jumped at the chance. Over the next few years, he competed in four Food Network Challenge cake competitions. Buddy’s appearances on Food Network Challenge were only the start of his foray into television. Two of the show’s cameramen approached him after one of the tapings and encouraged him to pursue his own show. They recognized his engaging on-camera presence and knew a series revolving around Buddy would fascinate audiences. Buddy knew this was his chance to make Carlo’s Bakery known worldwide. They agreed to shoot a pilot at the bakery and filmed 120 hours of footage for the first half hour episode. TLC loved the show and immediately ordered 12 more episodes. Cake Boss became an instant hit with audiences and is currently filming it’s ninth season.