Meet Buddy

Meet Buddy Valastro

Buddy Valastro is an accomplished fourth generation baker born into the business owned and operated by his parents. He was born in Little Ferry, NJ and grew up working with his family at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ.

At an early age, Buddy showed he was a natural by displaying his amazing talent for baking and cake decorating. Aside from that passion, he loved spending quality time with his father as an apprentice. Countless hours were spent in the bakery where his father, Buddy Sr., a master baker, taught Buddy everything about baking and running a business. They dreamed that together, they would make Carlo’s Bakery a household name.

At the age of 17, Buddy experienced the sudden and tragic loss of his father, which placed all of the responsibilities of the bakery on Buddy’s shoulders. Buddy poured all of his energy into the bakery and continued to produce the same high quality work as his father. With the help of his family, Buddy has taken Carlo’s Bakery to new heights. His father’s recipes and Buddy’s innovative decorating and sugar art techniques have taken the business above and beyond his father’s wildest dreams.

Today, Buddy is an accomplished master baker, cake decorator and star of the hit TLC series Cake Boss. He's often asked to demonstrate, compete, and teach his craft around the country. In his 55,000 sq ft state of the art facility, Buddy and his staff turn out thousands of wedding cakes, specialty cakes, and pastries weekly. His award winning designs have been featured in countless bridal and baking magazines. Carlo’s Bakery has garnered attention from a variety of media outlets, including The Rachel Ray Show, Brides Magazine, Good Morning America, USA Today, Food Network, and The Today Show. Most recently, Carlo’s has received national recognition as the setting for TLC’s “Cake Boss,” the number one food program on cable television.

By uniting time-honored quality with modern innovative techniques, Carlo’s Bakery is rated among the best. Their distinct old world taste is hard to come by. This is what sets Buddy apart from other bakers and cake decorators. Buddy plans to one day pass on his passion and knowledge to fifth generation members of the Valastro family and continue the Carlo’s Bakery legacy.