Born into a family of master bakers, Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro proved that he had a natural talent at an early age. In place of attending culinary school, countless hours were spent at Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop where Buddy’s father taught him the old world secrets of baking. Together the Valastros imagined that they would make Carlo’s a household name someday.
Unfortunately, Buddy experienced the loss of his father at the young age of 17. Buddy took on more responsibilities and continued to flourish under the mounting pressure. Carlo’s began to beam with praise of his quality work and intricate cake design. With a winning combination of his father’s traditional recipes and Buddy’s innovative decorating techniques, the bakery has continued to achieve success above and beyond his father’s wildest dreams.
Today Buddy is an accomplished master baker, cake decorator and star of the hit TLC reality show Cake Boss. Buddy has been featured in a variety of publications and TV shows including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, O The Oprah Magazine, Brides Magazine, Modern Bride, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Rachael Ray, Good Morning America, TMZ, Food Network Challenge and more.
On November 2nd, Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. will publish Buddy’s first book, CAKE BOSS: The Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia. In the book, Buddy shares his and his family’s inspiring, fascinating, and poignant life story along with recipes for the bakery's most popular treats.
Buddy and his staff continue to hand-craft thousands of wedding cakes, specialty cakes, and pastries weekly from their modest headquarters in Hoboken, New Jersey. By uniting time-honored quality with modern innovative techniques, Carlo’s Bakery solidly holds its place among the best.