Buddy Valastro

celebrity chef

Bartolo Valastro Jr. aka Buddy Valastro

  • Born March 3rd, 1977 in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Has 4 kids with his wife Lisa
  • Did not graduate high school
  • Taught how to bake and run a business by his father

Employment/Restaurants

  • At 17 years old, he began working as the master baker at Carlo's Bakery after his dad passed away
  • Now owns Carlo's Bakery - 12 locations
  • Buddy V's Events - event planning and catering company in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Buddy V's Ristorante - Italian restaurant in Las Vegas

TV Shows

  • Cake Boss (2009)
  • Kitchen Boss (2011-2012)
  • Next Great Baker (2010)
  • Buddy's Bakery Rescue (2013)
  • Batalha dos Confeiteiros (Based on Next Great Baker) (2015)

Books

  • Baking With The Cake Boss
  • Family Celebrations With The Cake Boss
  • Buddy's Best Cookies
  • Cooking Italian With The Cake Boss
  • Buddy's Best Cupcakes And Little Cakes
  • Cake Boss: Stories And Recipes From Mia Famiglia

Awards/Recognition

  • Silver State Award - earned for Buddy V's Ristorante being named the restaurant for the Best Sunday Brunch
  • Honorary Award from Hoboken City Council - for bringing people into the city to visit his famous, successful business (Carlo's Bakery) and for his family values
  • Hoboken renamed the corner of Washington Street and Newark Street to “Carlo’s Bakery Way” in 2010 in honor of the bakery’s centennial
  • The Hudson Reporter named Buddy as an honorable mention in its list of Hudson County’s 50 most influential people