Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro talks about his new show, Bakery Boss

By admin
25 March 2014

Cake Boss’s Buddy Valastro is back on our TV screens with a brand new show called Bakery Boss. Buddy speaks to YOU about Bakery Boss, the mistakes he has made in business and the future of Carlo’s Bakery.

Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro is back on our TV screens with a brand new show called Bakery Boss on TLC Entertainment (DStv 172). Bakery Boss follows Buddy on his quest to uplift and transform failing bakeries. Buddy speaks to YOU about Bakery Boss, the mistakes he made in business and the future of Carlo’s Bakery.

How did the idea of Bakery Boss come about? I’ve always wanted to be able to help other family bakeries. Neighbourhood bakeries are so important to communities but it’s hard to start from scratch. I wanted to travel the country and help as many families as I could. Who do you look up to in the industry? Definitely my dad is someone I’ve always looked up to.

'You could be the best baker in the world but if you can’t run your business nobody will ever know.'

What are some of the mistakes you made when you started in the industry? 

I think it took me a while to learn how to be a baker and a business owner. Switching from one to the other isn’t as easy as you’d think. You could be the best baker in the world but if you can’t run your business nobody will ever know. And that’s what I’m seeing in a lot of other bakeries. The focus is on baking and not business, when the reality is, you have to focus just as much on one as the other.

What approach did you take to help out the bakeries in trouble? (In other words were you a tough straight talking mentor or gentle and sweet to the bakery owners on the show?)

Honestly, it’s a mix of both. I’m not going to sugarcoat a bad situation, but I will do everything I can to help these bakeries not only fix their issues, but give them the skills and tools they need to be successful in the future.

What type of reception did you receive from most of the bakeries you visited in Bakery Boss? Did the people embrace the changes you made?

You know, I feel for these people. I know where they’re coming from. It’s hard to hear what’s wrong with a business you built, so yeah, sometimes the owners aren’t super happy with me at first, but in the end everyone has really embraced the changes they need to make. I make sure to show them why it’s important to change what they’ve been doing. It’s definitely a process.

Are there any plans of opening franchises of Carlo’s Bakery in other continents?

You never know! Right now I’m focusing on the bakeries I have now, but I’m always dreaming of bigger and better.

Catch Bakery Boss on TLC (DStv 172) every Monday at 8pm.

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