A US reality TV chef has revealed he was paid to fly to Bahrain to bake cakes for a party organised by a wealthy local resident and the experience has inspired him to expand his bakery business to the Middle East.
Buddy Valastro is the star of Cake Boss, a US reality television series which goes behind the scenes of the Italian-American family’s baking empire in New Jersey.
The show airs on The Discovery Channel’s Fatafeat network in the Middle East and it proved so popular with one Bahrain-based businessman was such a big fan that he contacted Valastro and hired him to fly to the Gulf state to bake cakes for an exclusive party.
“The reception has been tremendous all over the world... It’s been really well received in the Middle East, in Australia, South Africa – it’s in about 180 countries all over the world right now... I actually first came to Bahrain about two years ago to make a cake for somebody who saw the show,” Valastro said in an interview with The National newspaper while on a visit to Bahrain this month.
The popularity of the show in the region has now inspired Valastro to expand his network of outlets to the Middle East and he is currently scouting for locations for bakeries in Bahrain, the UAE and further afield.
“It’s always been my dream to have people from all over the world eat my cake,” he said. “In order to do that, you have to open bakeries.”
He currently has five bakeries in the US.