Buddy Valastro

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Buddy Valastro
Buddy Valastro at the Jersey City Mayoral Inauguration.jpg
Valastro at the 2013 Jersey City Mayoral Inauguration
Born Bartolo Valastro, Jr.
(1977-03-03) March 3, 1977 (age 40)
Hoboken, New Jersey[1]
Nationality Italian American
Citizenship American
Occupation Owner of Carlo's Bakery, Buddy V's Events & Buddy V's Ristorante
Known for Baker, cake Designer
Home town Hoboken, New Jersey
Spouse(s) Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)
Children Sofia Valastro, Buddy Valastro III, Marco Valastro, Carlo Valastro
  • Bartolo Valastro, Sr.
  • Mary Valastro

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Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro Jr.[1] (born March 3, 1977) is an American celebrity chef, entrepreneur, and reality television personality of Italian heritage. He is the owner of Carlo's Bakery, as well as the face of Buddy V's Ristorante.

He is perhaps best known as the star of the reality television series Cake Boss, which premiered in April 2009. He has also starred in Kitchen Boss (2011), The Next Great Baker (2010), and Buddy's Bakery Rescue (2013).

Surprisingly, Buddy Valastro did a cameo in the hit movie Bridesmaids, where he baked one cupcake in the kitchen baking scene only showing his hands.

Early life[edit]

Valastro was born in Hoboken, New Jersey to Buddy Valastro, Sr., and Mary W. Tubito on March 3, 1977 and grew up in urban Hoboken and Little Ferry, New Jersey.[2][3] His mother is born in Altamura, Italy.[4] 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."[5]


Buddy Valastro (right), General Raymond T. Odierno also other members of the United States Army in Times Square cutting a cake to celebrate the Army's 238th birthday in 2012.

Valastro is the owner and head baker of Carlo's Bakery—the bakery featured on Cake Boss. Carlo's has since opened 17 more bakeries due to the popularity of the show. 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's 50 most influential people.

Carlo's Bakery currently has 7 locations in New JerseyHoboken, Marlton, Morristown, Red Bank, Ridgewood, Wayne, and Westfield. Outside of New Jersey, the bakery operates locations in Philadelphia, PA; Bethlehem, PA; Westbury and New York, NY; Orlando, FL; Frisco, Dallas, and The Woodlands, TX; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Uncasville, CT; and Las Vegas.[6] The Lackawanna Factory in nearby Jersey City, serves as the corporate office for the business and is used as additional space to create wedding and specialty cakes, as well as bake their specialty baked goods for shipment across the country. Valastro launched an Event Planning & Catering company, Buddy V's Events. The company was launched in June 2014, and specializes in catering everything from corporate events to family gathers, as well as planning events such as weddings and galas.

In 2016 Valastro partnered with Whole Earth Sweetener Co. on a campaign to “Rethink Sweet.” "Buddy will serve as the official brand ambassador for the new line of zero- and lower-calorie sweeteners, and will work to help his fans make healthy lifestyle choices, without compromising on taste.Buddy will share his culinary expertise, along with all-new, original and seasonally festive recipes for mouthwatering treats using Whole Earth Sweetener Co. products." [7]

Personal life[edit]

Until 2014, Valastro resided in East Hanover Township, New Jersey, with his wife Lisa and four children: Sofia Valastro, Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro III, Marco Valastro, and Carlo Valastro.

On 13 November, 2014, Buddy Valastro was arrested for driving with intoxicated. Buddy Valastro apparently tried to pull rank when police nailed him for drunken driving in Hell’s Kitchen, a prosecutor revealed Thursday. “You can’t arrest me,” he told cops. “I’m the Cake Boss.” “Is there anything we can do?” he asked. “I’m a good guy. You don’t have to arrest me.” Buddy's driver license was suspended for 90 days and paid a $300 fine.

[8][9][10] He also has four sisters[11] and a stepfather, Sergio.[12] As of 2014, he resided in Montville, New Jersey.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Food Network Challenge Guest mentor Episode: "Battle of the Brides"[14]
2009–present Cake Boss Host
2010–14 Next Great Baker Host / Judge
2011–12 Kitchen Boss Host
2013–14 Buddy's Bakery Rescue Host
2015 The Apprentice Guest judge Episode: "May the Gods of Good Pies Be with Us"
2015–present Battle of the Bakers Host / Judge
2016 Battle of the Cooks Host / Judge
2016 Buddy's Family Vacation Host
2016–present Bakers vs. Fakers Host
As producer/executive producer
Year Title Notes
2010–12 Next Great Baker 6 episodes
2011–12 Kitchen Boss All episodes
2015–present Batalha dos Confeiteiros All episodes
2016 Batalha dos Cozinheiros All episodes
2016 Cake Boss 8 episodes
2016 Cooks vs. Cons 1 episode
2016 Bakers vs. Fakers All episodes

In popular culture[edit]

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins plays a parody of Buddy Valastro on the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast and the IFC TV show.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Buddy Valastro". Hollywood Life. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ Staff. "The Cake Boss returns to Little Ferry", Little Ferry Local, May 7, 2010. Accessed November 14, 2014. "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.".
  3. ^ "Buddy Valastro". TLC. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Il boss delle torte arriva ad Altamura" (in Italian). 
  5. ^ "‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro adds a layer to TV/bakery empire with Times Square cafe". NY Daily News. Retrieved December 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ bakeshop.carlosbakery.com/contact-us
  7. ^ http://www.wholeearthsweetener.com/news
  8. ^ Carroll, Timothy J. "Buddy’s kind of town; 'Cake Boss’' calls out Ace of Cakes, talks season 2", Hudson Reporter, August 9, 2009. Accessed September 12, 2015. "He loves Hoboken – even though he lives in East Hanover – and is proud that his father was one of thousands of immigrants who settled here."
  9. ^ Pellettieri, Cortney (July 4, 2011). "Man of the House: Buddy Valastro". Good Housekeeping. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ Berk, Nancy (May 1, 2015). "Showbiz Analysis with Cake Boss Couple Buddy and Lisa Valastro". Parade. Athlon Publishing. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ Heilpern, John (December 2013). "Out to Lunch with Buddy Valastro". Vanity Fair. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ Triggs, Charlotte (August 13, 2012). "Cake Boss Buddy Valastro: My Mom's Fight to Live". People. Time Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ Moore, Tina; Jacobs, Shayna; and Siemaszko, Corky. "'Cake Boss' star Buddy Valastro tried to charm NYPD out of drunk driving charge: prosecutors; The 37-year-old was pulled over by NYPD officers after he was seen driving erratically in Hell’s Kitchen early Thursday and failed a Breathalyzer test given soon after. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired, and declined in court to plead guilty.", Daily News (New York), November 13, 2014. Accessed November 17, 2015. "It wasn’t clear where Valastro, who is 37 and lives in Montville, N.J., was heading at 1 a.m. when the cops corralled him."
  14. ^ Smith, Dustin (2009-03-25). "TLC Takes the Cake With Buddy Valastro" (Press release). Discovery Press Web. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 

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