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‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro recovering after ‘terrible accident’

NJ.com logo NJ.com 9/23/2020 By Amy Kuperinsky, nj.com

Buddy Valastro, the celebrity baker known as the “Cake Boss,” is recuperating after sustaining an injury.

Valastro shared a photo on Instagram Wednesday showing himself in a hospital bed, his hand and arm bandaged and raised up.

“I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago,” said Valastro, 43. “What do you think of my new accessory?”

He used the hashtag “#ironfist" among others.

Valastro, the owner of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, did not say what caused the injury. NJ Advance Media has reached out to his representatives for comment.

HIs reality show “Cake Boss,” filmed at the Hoboken bakery, premiered on Food Network in 2009, launching Valastro to food fame. The baker grew up in Little Ferry and lives in Montville.

Famous friends, like “Ace of Cakes” star Duff Goldman, his Food Network cake rival on “Buddy vs. Duff,” and celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Rocco DiSpirito and Cat Cora, commented on Valastro’s post, offering their well wishes.

“Get better homie," Goldman said. “You’re gonna need that hand.”

“Get better quick my friend," Lagasse said.

Carlo’s Bake Shop has been in Hoboken since 1910. Valastro took over at the bakery after the death of his father, Bartolo Valastro Sr., in 1994. He expanded the business into a sprawling chain with the help of his reality TV fame, launching a bakeware line and other reality shows over the years. In showing the day-to-day workings of his bakery and custom cake adventures, “Cake Boss” features Valastro’s family, including his sisters and his mother, Mary Valastro. She died in 2017.

Valastro recently added a PizzaCake pizzeria to his group of restaurants and bakeries, which include Carlo’s Bake Shops at casinos and malls across the country and Canada and Buddy V’s Ristorante Italian restaurants in Las Vegas, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and San Antonio, Texas. The pizzeria is at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!” the celebrity baker reportedly told police in 2014 before he was arrested on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. (Valastro later pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.) He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2018.

Valastro closed two of his Carlo’s Bake Shops in 2019 in Ridgewood and Morristown after shuttering Westfield and Red Bank locations in 2018.

The most recent Jersey location to close is the one at Willowbrook Mall in Wayne. There are currently two Carlo’s bakeries in New Jersey: the original in Hoboken and another in Marlton. The bakery’s Times Square location is temporarily closed.

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Amy Kuperinsky may be reached at akuperinsky@njadvancemedia.com.

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