Popular baker and chef Duff Goldman is set to host the eleventh season of the Food Network special for young chefs.Children’s pastry championship. The series will premiere on December 28 at 8:00 pm ET, with 12 young chefs competing in the series to win the undisclosed prize money.
Chef Duff Goldman is known for his dazzlingly creative food preparation techniques as well as his no-nonsense stories detailing the art of baking on various Food Network shows. For example, at Ace of Cakes, Goldman created an innovative bakery called Charm City Cakes to help chefs gain experience crafting custom cakes. He also makes many new food recipes, which are ideal options for a family.
According to his personal website, Chef Duff Goldman believes anyone can discover their inner creativity and celebrate others through the “fun of baking.”
Chef Duff Goldman’s first kitchen job was at a McDonald’s
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Duff started cooking when he was just four years old after watching Chef Tell on TV. He decided that working in the kitchen was his destiny when he was in second grade. That same year, Goldman nearly cut his little finger while carving a pumpkin.
He was initially hired as a fry cook at McDonald’s when he was just 14 years old, in 1988, and almost got fired from the job because he made some very large food products. Duff graduated from the University of Maryland in 1997 with a BA in history and philosophy. He later enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Greystone while working at many restaurants including the Vail Cascade Hotel and Todd English’s Olives.
After earning her degree in 2000, Duff became a personal chef, but quit in 2002 to open her own bakery called Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. In early 2006, her restaurant-based show ace of cakes aired and earned two James Beard Foundation nominations.
She then published a cookbook on the same thing in 2009 titled Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes. In 2012, Goldman opened another branch of the restaurant in Los Angeles and also launched a DIY cake decorating studio.
He is currently a judge of both Christmas Baking Championship Y spring Baking Championship, and also appeared in the 2019 culinary series, Friend vs. Duff.
Duff also owns an NGO called No Kids Hungry, which works to end child hunger. He is also a member of the American Chief Corps.
More about Children’s pastry championship season 11
The ten-week competitive culinary series. Children’s pastry championship Season 11 will be judged by and hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman. The program will feature 12 young chefs under the age of 13, who will create many trendy and in-demand desserts. They will also prepare famous sweets and power lunch desserts.
This season will be a bit different than last in that it will have a business feel, where chefs will be asked to do commercial pitches, presentations and customer announcements before being chosen as winners. Thanks to this, chefs will learn many important business lessons while baking.
Tune in to Food Network on Wednesday, December 28 at 8:00 pm ET to see Judge Duff Goldman Children’s pastry championship with chef Valerie Bertinelli.