Buddy Valastro Biography: Age, Net Worth, Children, Accident, Wife, Hand, Family, Wiki
Bartolo Valastro Jr. (born March 3, 1977) is an Italian-American celebrity baker, renowned cake designer and food entrepreneur.
However, he goes by the professional name, Buddy Valastro. He is the owner and head of Carlo’s Bakery which has eighteen branches across the United States and Brazil.
He is a notable TV personality whose rise to international fame happened after he appeared on the baking show, Cake Boss, in 2009.
He has also starred in other food shows such as Next Great Baker, Kitchen Boss, Bake You Rich and Bakery Boss.
He is the CEO of the Italian American restaurant, Buddy V’s based in Las Vegas. He is also the brain behind the pizza cake restaurant, Eat Pizza Cake, located in Nevada.
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Full Name:||Bartolo Valastro Jr.|
|Stage Name:||Buddy Valastro|
|Born:||3 March 1977|
|Place of Birth:||Hoboken, New Jersey, United States|
|Children:||Sofia, Bartolo III, Marco and Carlo Valastro|
|Wife • Spouse:||Lisa Valastro (m. 2001)|
|Occupation:||Baker • Tv Personality • Entrepreneur|
|Net Worth:||30-40 million USD|
Buddy Valastro‘s sojourn into the baking business didn’t happen by chance. In fact, it was predestined by fate. This is because he was born to a family of bakers. His father, Bartolo Valastro Sr. was the founder of the Carlo’s Bakery. His parents are first generation Italian Americans who had been born in their home country, Italy, before immigrating to the United States.
His birth date is recorded to be the 3rd of March 2021 and he was born in Hoboken county, New Jersey. He grew up in the city alongside his family members. He has four sisters and is the only male child of his parents. His sisters are Mary Sciarrone, Lisa Gonzalez, Grace Faugno and Maddalena Castano. The name Buddy was a nickname given to him by his parents, which stuck with time.
Buddy Valastro was introduced to the family business at an early stage, age eleven to be precise. Six years later he would take up the mantle of leadership at the bakery after the demise of his father. This happened in 1994. Prior to the older Valastro‘s death, Buddy had learnt all he needed to become a good baker. He had taken a liking to the field from day one and usually spent his free time developing his own recipes.
Due to the fact that he was tasked with managing the family’s business, he couldn’t go to college. Moreover, he wasn’t much interested in pursuing a higher education because he had learnt all he needed to become a master baker while working at Carlo’s Bakery.
Buddy Valastro completed his elementary and junior high school education in Bergen county.
He studied at Ridgefield Park High School. Thereafter, he took baking classes at the Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro Campus. The courses he took at this technical school taught him new recipes.
Since 1994, Carlo’s Bakery has been waxing strong under Buddy Valastro‘s leadership. Starting with only one bakery, the business now has seventeen more bakeries in other American cities. It has seven bakeries in New Jersey while the remaining ten can be found in locations such as Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Westbury, Orlando, Dallas, Connecticut and Minnesota.
The bakery has been featured on the TLC Show, Cake Boss. This helped to increase the bakery’s popularity because it showcased how they make their edible art cakes, and the relationships among the family members and staffs associated with the business. The reality show aired its first episode on the 19th of April 2009, and has had four spin-offs: Next Great Baker, Kitchen Boss, Bake You Rich and Bakery Boss. Buddy Valastro is credited as a producer in all these shows.
Besides running Carlo’s Bakery, he has also founded other food companies. He is the CEO of the Italian American restaurant, Buddy V’s based in Las Vegas. He is also the brain behind the pizza cake restaurant, Eat Pizza Cake, located in Nevada.
In June 2014, he established an event planning and catering company, Buddy V’s Events. He was made the Brand Ambassador of Whole Earth Sweetener Co. in 2016. He was the face of the company’s campaign – Rethink Sweet. In 2007, He was invited to be a Guest Mentor on the show, Food Network Challenge. He is a former Guest Judge of the reality show, The Apprentice.
He has a partnership deal with The Pound Bakery, a company that manufactures pet treats. He helped the company to create tasty treats for dogs. The treats are based on Italian recipes.
Buddy Valastro has built a strong fanbase on social media. He currently has over 4.1M followers on Instagram.
Instagram handle – @buddyvalastro
Buddy Valastro is happily married to Lisa Valastro. The couple tied the knot on the 14th of October 2001. He was 24 years of age when he got married. The union of the Valastro‘s has produced four beautiful children – Sofia, Bartolo III, Marco and Carlo Valastro.
From 2001 to 2014, Buddy Valastro and his family resided in East Hanover Township, New Jersey. At the moment, they are based in Montville, New Jersey. He has once been arrested for driving while intoxicated. He received a 90-day license suspension and $300 fine for his offence.
Buddy Valastro was involved in a home accident in September 2020 when his right hand got impaled by a pinsetter in his home bowling alley. He was saved from bleeding to death by his sons and family members. To restore him back to good health, he had to undergo two emergency surgeries.
Buddy Valastro is a strong supporter of the Special Olympics. He once baked a commemorative cake in celebration of the announcement that the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games would be held in New Jersey.
The celebrity chef is one of the richest food entrepreneurs in the United States. Buddy Valastro in his line of business has an estimated net worth of 30-40 million USD.