Buddy Valastro

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Buddy Valastro
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Buddy Valastro (right), General Raymond T. Odierno and other members of the United States Army cut a cake to celebrate the Army's 237th birthday in 2012.
BornBartolo Valastro, Jr.
(1977-03-03) March 3, 1977 (age 36)
Hoboken, New Jersey [1]
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)
Children4
ParentsBartolo Valastro, Sr.
Mary Valastro
Website
buddyvalastro.com
 
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Buddy Valastro
Flickr - The U.S. Army - It's Cake Time.jpg
Buddy Valastro (right), General Raymond T. Odierno and other members of the United States Army cut a cake to celebrate the Army's 237th birthday in 2012.
BornBartolo Valastro, Jr.
(1977-03-03) March 3, 1977 (age 36)
Hoboken, New Jersey [1]
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)
Children4
ParentsBartolo Valastro, Sr.
Mary Valastro
Website
buddyvalastro.com

Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, Jr.[2] (born March 3, 1977) is an Italian American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality. He currently serves as head baker at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, which has recently built a new factory at Lackawanna Center, a mixed industrial/retail complex in Jersey City, and opened multiple branch locations.

He is perhaps best known as the star of the reality television series Cake Boss, which premiered in April 2009.[3] He is also the host of the show's spin-off, Kitchen Boss, as well as the competitive reality television series Next Great Baker.

Early life[edit]

Valastro was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Buddy Valastro, Sr., and Mary Valastro on February 3, 1977. He was raised in Little Ferry, New Jersey. Valastro began working at his family's business, Carlo's Bakery at age 11, alongside his father. Valastro's father died when he was 17 in 1994, and he succeeded him as the new "Cake Boss."

Career[edit]

Since Valastro began running the bakery, it has risen to fame due to the reality television series "Cake Boss", which follows the operation of the business. The series premiered on TLC in April 2009. Due to the success of the show, the business has recently built a factory at Lackawanna Center in nearby Jersey City, which is used as additional space to construct specialty cakes, as well as the ability to make bake goods for shipment across the country. Due to the limited amount of space at the Hoboken location, the business was unable to deliver cakes beyond normal driving distance from the bakery. The bakery had conducted a limited trial internet sale of pies in October 2009, to test the viability of selling products on the internet. However, the team could not convince Valastro to make pies as he stated, "Pies are made of people. Cake Boss does not make-a pies!"

On May 24, 2009, the bakery opened its first branch location, called "Cake Boss Café", at the Discovery Times Square Exposition at 226 West 44th Street in Times Square,in New York City. This location sells smaller Carlo's Bakery goods, as well as Carlo's Bakery and Cake Boss merchandise. On February 10, 2013, the bakery opened its first full-range branch location in Ridgewood,New Jersey.

In January 2012, as a result of the attention that the shop and the TV series had brought to the city of Hoboken, the Hudson Reporter named Valastro as an honorable mention in its list of Hudson County, New Jersey Hudson County's 50 most influential people.

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins has imitated Valastro several times on the podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!, as well as in the associated television series of the same name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buddy Valastro - Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Buddy Valastro - Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cake Boss - TV.com". TV.com. Retrieved February 22, 2013.