9 years, 350 episodes, aired in 220 countries, dubbed in 45 languages, and currently the number 1 show on Discovery Networks in the world, according to the show’s Buddy Valastro—Cake Boss has definitely gone a long way from its first season which aired in 2009. Buddy Valastro and his family who are behind the family-owned Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey have been churning out specialty cakes and sweet treats and have had TV cameras following them around since 2009.
Valastro shares, “It’s crazy. I never would have thought the show would be what it is now.” Valastro grew up in a bakery and became a baker first before he became a TV superstar. He says of the show, “I think that no matter what race, culture, or country you come from, one thing that the world can agree on is family. There is something in Cake Boss that brings together the family.”
He talked to Yummy.ph about the show, success being more about grit, his dream project, and what he remembers about Filipino bread:
How to be a great cake boss:
“Be able to adapt. It’s a huge thing. We learn from our mistakes and our successes. You’ve got to be able to adapt.
You’ve also got to be open-minded. You have to be willing to have that versatility in doing anything the customer wants. And the most important thing is definitely having the drive and the will to never give up. That’s the one thing I didn’t realize would be such an important part of the show, because it’s the way I live, and that’s my mantra in who I am: is that nothing is unachievable.
On his dream project:
“I want to make a cake for the Pope. If there’s anyone on the planet who deserves it the most, it’s him. I want to make him a cake to show he’s doing a great job. The problem is, what do you make for the Pope?”
On Filipino bread:
“I definitely would like to try more [Filipino breads] like pandesal and ensaymada. Ensaymada was my favorite. Typically, it’s not something you’d typically get in New Jersey so when in the Philippines, you eat them when you can get it.”
The new season of Cake Boss will air on November 15, Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on TLC Philippines.