In this series, we're asking celebrity chefs to tell us about their first kitchen jobs. Our latest subject is Buddy Valastro, the man behind Carlo's Bakery. Even if you've never been to one of the shop's eight locations, you might've seen Buddy and his family at work on TLC's Cake Boss. But we're going back to the early days of Buddy's career, when he was just a kid learning the ropes from his Dad. We'll be publishing more first-job installments in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for interviews with your favorite TV chefs about their humble beginnings. And check out the first edition here.
It was kind of awesome. It was a lot of work and a lot of hours, but it was our family, our norm. You know, even on Christmas growing up, we’d be working. But it felt normal.
It was funny, my first day of work, my Dad brought me in and he made me clean the toilet bowl. Because he wanted to show that just because I was his son, I didn’t get special treatment. And he wanted me to know what it was like to be the guy who had to clean the bathroom. But after that, it was little things like cracking the eggs for the mix or scooping out the flour and sugar. Filling up cannolis for Grandma.