TLC is searching for the Next Great Baker, and who better to lead the search than culinary legend Buddy Valastro? The star of Cake Boss and Buddy’s Bakery Rescue spoke with DIRECTV about his new show, what programs his family watches and what celebrity he most wants to bake for.
What do you like best about being on the Next Great Baker?
I’m a naturally competitive guy, so I love to see the bakers go at it during the competition. It’s tough to judge the eliminations sometimes, but every week I see the bakers get better and better and with the grand prize I’ve got for the winning team (a chance to work in the new Carlo’s Bakery at the Venetian in Las Vegas), I need to know they are the best for the job.
Of the many wonderful cakes you have made over the years do you have one that sticks out as your favorite?
I don’t have any one favorite, but there are a few that I’ll never forget, like the Transformers cake.
Why do you love being a part of the TLC family?
You know I love the TLC famiglia. It’s been a great partnership with them. They’re great to work with and always have great ideas to support my shows.
What shows do you and your family enjoy watching together?
My wife and kids always watch Cake Boss, Next Great Baker and Buddy’s Bakery Rescue with me. Outside of those, Lisa and I just let the kids pick.
If you could make a birthday cake for any celebrity who would it be?
I’d love to make a cake for the President. It’s been a dream of mine for a while.
Next Great Baker airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on TLC (Channel 280).