NJ Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Returning To TV With Two New Shows
Buddy Valastro, also known as “The Cake Boss” is on his way back to television with two new shows that will premiere Saturday November 11 on the A&E Network.
Buddy Valastro on the WDHA Morning Jolt
JIM MONAGHAN – When I think of Hoboken, three things come to mind. Frank Sinatra, the music club Maxwell’s, and my guest Buddy Valastro, and Carlo’s Bakery. Buddy, good morning and welcome to WDHA.
BUDDY VALASTRO – Thank you, man. Thank you so much.
JM – And coming back to television with not one, but two shows November 11 on the A&E Network. I’m looking forward to a Cake Dynasty Family Affair. And let me ask you the question. Not who’s the most difficult member of the family, Buddy, but who’s the most challenging member of your family to work with?
BV – You want a sister? Because I can send you one. You got to get me in trouble here, Jim.
JM – That’s why I said challenging as opposed to difficult.
BV – Well, you know what? Dynasty is my life. Right. And there’s ups and downs. It’s actually a lot more about my wife and children who are part of the business and the succession of them coming on board and building a dynasty with them in different things. We’ve grown over these years, and when they were younger, I didn’t have them on TV as much, but now that they’re of age, they’re starting to come into the business, and it’s the succession part of the business, which I think is pretty cool.
The Family Business
JM – Now, you took over a family business, and now it looks like you’re passing it down. What’s that like for you?
BV – It touches my heart to be able to build something cool with my kids because it was a dream of me to do it with my dad. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was 17. So to be able to do this with them is like the best feeling in the world. Back then, it was one little bakery, but now we have 13 bakeries. We have eight fast casual restaurant concepts, a full-blown Italian restaurant concept in the Venetian in Vegas, we have 75 vending machines. We’re in 3500 Walmarts across America. And we manufacture. I have 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility. I was telling somebody yesterday, we made 30,000 pounds of cake batter. So we’re making 18 cakes a minute or 110 cake slices a minute. Or we could be making a giant cake for Wicked. And we make it all happen. And you get to see the dynamics between me and my family, and I think it’s pretty cool.
JM – The second show, Legends of the Fork, and you’re going to be traveling all over the United States. Where is your favorite place to travel to in America, Buddy?
BV – Wow, that’s hard. It depends on what and when. For me, I think South Florida for, like, let’s call it January, February, March, I don’t think there’s a better place. The weather is like perfect and stuff like that. I’m a New Jersey/New York guy. I think I’ll always be here. I just can never see myself totally being away, but I could see myself spending winters in Florida.
JM – I noticed on your website that you’re selling pizzas in packages. And I have to ask you, when you go for a slice here in New Jersey, where’s your go-to place?
BV – Well, usually if we go from Jersey City or Hoboken, we go to Basil’s because we’re real close to the bakery. Interesting enough, they actually put a little bit of Japanese breadcrumbs underneath it. Pancoat on the bottom, use Pancoat to coat it. It gives it a crispy texture. It’s pretty cool.
JM – Buddy Valastro coming back to the A&E Network on Saturday, November 11 with not one, but two shows, Cake Dynasty and Legend of the Fork. And you can check out all things Buddy related online at Carlosbakery.com. Buddy, thank you so much for your time this morning here on DHA and good luck with both shows.
BV – Thanks, Jim. Take it easy.