by Joseph Erdos in Behind the Scenes, Shows, October 4th, 2016
by Kristina Bornholtz in Community, Shows, April 10th, 2016
When Duff Goldman first appeared on Food Network on Ace of Cakes, we originally knew him as the owner of a small cake shop in Baltimore that put out some pretty inventive and over-the-top sweets. Since then he’s expanded his business to Los Angeles, and we’ve gotten to see the inner workings of his studio — and meet his exceptionally creative staff — on Duff Till Dawn and Cake Masters. More recently Duff has also lent his expertise as a judge to Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship, and he’s served as a co-host and judge on Kids Baking Championship. But now Duff has taken on the role of teacher on Worst Bakers in America, airing Sundays at 10|9c. He’s paying forward all he’s learned by mentoring a set of bumbling baking wannabees, from which he hopes to train a winner.
So why did Duff end up becoming a baker, and what inspires him about his craft? FN Dish caught up with the cake-baker extraordinaire on the set of Worst Bakers to chat about his baking philosophy and the ups and downs he’s gone through in his career to get to where he is today.
by Maria Russo in Events, February 28th, 2016
As of today, spring has officially sprung on Food Network. That’s right — Spring Baking Championship debuts tonight (9|8c)! In honor of the best spring-y bakes you’ve ever seen, host Duff Goldman is taking over Food Network’s Snapchat Discover.
For one day only, you can see your favorite baker in action, with some of his favorite tips, behind-the-scenes and some epic Spring Baking fails. But go now! The content will disappear from the Food Network Snapchat channel at the end of the day and be replaced with brand-new content tomorrow.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, June 2nd, 2015
Food Network’s baker extraordinaire Duff Goldman is known for crafting over-the-top desserts at his own bakery, Charm City Cakes, and judging them on various baking championships. So it’s no surprise that when he hosts Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, the sugar showing is going to be downright epic. During the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Saturday night, just as partygoers felt their meat sweats fade and started to crave another bite to eat, Duff and some of the most-famed pastry chefs and bakeries from across the country took over the elegantly adorned The Villa Casa Casuarina for an epic late-night soiree that was enough to make any sweets lover smile.
Not one to present any ordinary dessert, of course, Duff showed up with a cotton-candy display featuring his Grapefruit Meringue Crumble Push Pops (pictured above). These layered beauties boasted the showstopping presentation you’d expect from Duff — and, perhaps more importantly, all the expert tangy, creamy flavors and crispy texture, thanks to the crumble atop each pop.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, May 26th, 2015
We had celebrated spring moments like Memorial Day, Mother’s Day and pie-packed picnics. We had tasted spring flavors highlighted in numerous ways, and I even picked up a trick or two myself (thanks, bakers!). It’s amazing when you think about how many talented bakers left Spring Baking Championship. They were already winners because they beat out thousands of other bakers to get to the Baking Championship kitchen.
But on Sunday three gentlemen remained to compete for the dough (see what I did there?) and title of Spring Baking Champion, and it was a challenge like no other. These guys had to make three desserts for a wedding dessert bar to compete for an advantage in the Main Heat, in which they had to make one of the most-difficult desserts of all — a wedding cake. It’s been a crazy ride so far, and these three bakers have been gunning for each other since day one. It’s almost like they knew it would come down to this. Let’s get into it and review what these cats created.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, May 18th, 2015
I love picnics, and nothing says picnic more than fresh-baked pie. These guys on Spring Baking Championship had 90 minutes to make a delicious pie. Doesn’t seem that tough, right? Wrong! You can bang out a decent pie if you’ve had some practice, but it could be a disaster if it’s been a while since you made one. Pies are a great way to judge baking skills since they involve many steps, and someone with little experience will invariably miss something.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, May 11th, 2015
Alright, baking fans, things are getting serious. Last week proved how tough this competition is: Juliana, an immensely talented baker, had to go home. Tough break, but that’s Spring Baking Championship. This week the remaining five bakers started their challenge by making desserts on a stick. Anyone who has been to any state fair knows that making food on a stick is about as American as it gets. Hopefully Damiano has been to a state fair; if not, we will be regaled by tales of a stick-free Italy while he makes something incredibly delicious. Andy seemed a bit worried about desserts on sticks when he said, “They don’t teach this in culinary school.” But I was convinced he was being modest. Dwayne went three for three in the first three challenges and hasn’t been back on the podium since, and I know that he’s hungry for it. He’s a sweet guy, but he has the eye of the tiger.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, May 4th, 2015
As a chef, my biggest inspiration is my mom, so what better way to show her my appreciation than to cook for her on Mother’s Day? I’m on the road right now, Mom, but when I get back, I got a treat for you!
This week on Spring Baking Championship we asked all the bakers to bake for their moms. The first thing they had to make was something yummy using coffee and cream. I loved this challenge. I’m not a daily coffee drinker, but I love the flavor of coffee and I frequently try to use coffee desserts when writing menus. Here’s a fun fact: Coffee is to chocolate like salt is to beef. A little bit of coffee in a chocolate dessert will really make those chocolate flavors stand out without tasting like coffee. Try it next time you are baking a chocolate cake; you’ll be amazed. Now onto the competition.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, April 27th, 2015
Spring is definitely here, and while most of us are settling into baseball season, going on picnics or starting that gauntlet that exists between spring break and summer vacation, the remaining seven bakers on Spring Baking Championship are back in the kitchen and getting ready to bake some honey sweetness. It’s always interesting to see how the bakers react in week 2. One of their fellow bakers has been eliminated and now it is very real. You can be asked to walk the plank at any moment, but that $50,000 is that much closer to being yours. The level of competition just got steeper.
by Duff Goldman in Shows, February 24th, 2015
Hey, baking fans! It’s spring and it’s time to … bake? Yeah, that’s what I said too! I bake all year long and mark my calendar by the treats that are coming out of my oven. I know it’s time to start buying presents when I have baked the last pecan pie for Thanksgiving. I know it’s Super Bowl time when I bake my brother’s birthday cake. Spring, though, I had to think about. It’s not as obvious as Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukkah. But as I prepared for Spring Baking Championship, I started seeing some really familiar desserts, and that got my wheels turning.
Chiffon cake, buckle, lemon anything, rhubarb, trifle, pavlova — all these desserts are the pastry chef’s expression of baking in the spring. They are all light, with delicate textures and fruity flavors that are perfect for shrugging off that winter coat and getting ready to be outside a lot more. These were the challenges that the bakers faced in creating these sweets, and Lorraine Pascale, Nancy Fuller and I we were super excited to be tasting flavors and textures that we ourselves were gearing up to use.
Man, what a journey, huh? These kids have shown their mettle and really impressed the world with how much they know and understand about baking. I loved the final challenge on Kids Baking Championship, because, yeah, I know a lot about cooking and baking, but cake decorating is kind of my thing. I was so stoked to see what these kids could do, because I know from working with so many kids over the years, kids love to decorate cakes! Well, most kids — Natalie didn’t seem too thrilled about the prospect.
The thing about cakes is that they are a commitment. You have to work on this one thing for a long time, and when you do, there are more things that can go wrong and trip you up. There more ways to fail with a decorated cake than, say, a batch of chocolate chip cookies. The stakes here are real high, this for the win, but even more important, the winner of this challenge got their cake on my website, and I don’t sell just any old cake; I’m looking for a cake that is going to wow my customers.