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|Born||Bartolo Valastro, Jr.
March 3, 1977
Hoboken, New Jersey
|Occupation||Owner of Carlo's Bakery, Buddy V's Events & Buddy V's Ristorante|
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)|
Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro, Jr. (born March 3, 1977) is an American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality. He serves as head baker at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, as well as the face of Buddy V's.
Valastro was born in Little Ferry, New Jersey, to Buddy Valastro, Sr., and Mary Valastro on March 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."
The bakery has come to fame due to the reality television series "Cake Boss", which follows the operation of the family business. The series premiered on TLC in April 2009. Due to the success of the show, the business has built a factory at Lackawanna Center in nearby Jersey City, which is used as additional space to design and build wedding & specialty cakes, as well as the ability to bake their specialty baked goods for shipment across the country.
Buddy's lastest endeavor is the Event Planning & Catering company Buddy V's Events.
Carlo's Bakery currently has 5 locations in New Jersey - in Hoboken, New Jersey, Red Bank, New Jersey Westfield, New Jersey, Ridgewood, New Jersey and Morristown, New Jersey. The bakery also has locations on 9 of the norwegian cruise lines. 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.
Buddy Valastro resides in East Hanover, New Jersey, with his wife, Lisa, and four kids, Sofia (born April 2003), Buddy Jr. (born September 2004), Marco (born February 26 2007), and Carlo (born 14 February 2011). Buddy has four sisters who all work at Carlo's Bakery, Grace (who is married to Joe Faugno), Mary (who is married to Joe Sciarrone…he does not work at the bakery), Madeline (who is married to Mauro Castano) and Lisa (who was married to Remy Gonzalez)lUCAS
TV Shows on TLC
- Cake Boss (2009-)
- Kitchen Boss (2011-)
- The Next Great Baker (2010-)
- Buddy's Bakery Rescue (formerly Bakery Boss) (2013-)
- "Buddy Valastro – Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- Staff. "The Cake Boss returns to Little Ferry", Little Ferry Local, May 7, 2010. Accessed December 9, 2013. "Cake Boss Buddy Valastro returned to Little Ferry on April 27 to accept the 'keys to the city' during ceremonies at Borough Hall. Valastro, who grew up in town, is best known for his starring role on the TLC television program The Cake Boss.".