On February 20th, Food Network cake fans will be bidding a fond farewell to “Ace of Cakes”. The 10-season-long running show that follows the adventures of a group of cake-makers, artists, and pastry chefs at Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, Maryland as they make customized, hand-sculpted, high-end designer cakes. The talented crew is lead by Duff Goldman, an alum of the Corcoran College of Art and Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, California.
Goldman has strong ties to the New England area, specifically, the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Growing up on Cape Cod, Goldman’s experiences working at a local pizza shop during his high school years proved to be formative for his future culinary occupation. In 1993, he graduated from Sandwich High School in Sandwich. Though he now calls Maryland home, Goldman has returned to the Bay State on occasion, often as the specially requested cake designer of some high-brow, local event.
The series finale will feature a number of exciting cake projects, including a cake for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and America’s favorite funny octogenarian, Betty White.
The Food Network and Goldman are reportedly currently in talks to develop other shows featuring the talented cake-maker.
For years, Boston has suffered from a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to other cities, like New York and Chicago, and their identity in the food and cuisine industry. New York’s world class restaurants, chefs, and home of one of the most acclaimed culinary schools clearly makes it leader of the pack, while Boston has long laid claim to…baked beans. Fret no more, Bostonian foodies, if you want confirmation that Beantown has climbed further up the culinary ladder, look no further than the Food Network. Between local restaurant chefs regularly competing on shows like “Chopped”, “Chefs vs. City”, and “Iron Chef”, or local spots being featured on “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives“, to Massachusetts-born stars headlining their own shows, Boston is no longer sitting on the culinary back burner.
Mostly recognizable for his work on Animal Planet, Norwell, MA’s Jeff Corwin’s newest adventure brings him to the Food Network with “Extreme Cuisine With Jeff Corwin”. The show, which debuted last month, brings the conservationist on more globe-trotting adventures, in search of all things unusually adventurous and foreign in what is considered edible. Though the nature of his job very often has his far from home, when he is not traveling, home remains Massachusetts; an island off the coast, with his wife and their two daughters.
Wildly successful Boston chefs Ming Tsai and Ken Oringer have each competed on “Iron Chef”. The owners of Blue Ginger and Clio, La Verdad, Toro, and KO Prime, respectively, each was able to defeat their chosen Iron Chef in televised challenges. Though less successful in his match against Iron Chef Bobbly Flay, former People magazine “Most Eligible Bachelor” list-maker Todd English has found success on the Bravo network, as a frequent special-guest judge for their popular “Top Chef” series. Word has it, the hunky chef frequently Sunday-brunches with his family at his restaurant, Kingfish Hall, in Quincy Market.
Charm City Cakes might be based out of Baltimore, but the owner and “Ace of Cakes” star, Duff Goldman, was born and raised in Sandwich, MA. Growing up on Cape Cod, Goldman’s experiences working at a local pizza shop during his high school years proved to be formative for his future culinary occupation. Though he now calls Maryland home, Goldman has returned to the Bay State on occasion, often as the specially requested cake designer of some high-brow, local event.
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