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Duff Goldman        

Pastry Chef & Food Network Host; Star of "Ace of Cakes"

Duff Goldman is an award winning pastry chef and television personality, starring in numerous Food Network programs throughout the past decade, most notably "Ace of Cakes."

Chef Duff Goldman started working for acclaimed Baltimore Chef Cindy Wolf while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After graduating with degrees in History and Philosophy, Duff left Baltimore to study pastries at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California. While in Napa, Duff was a stagiere at the French Laundry, working under acclaimed pastry Chef Steven Durfee. Following graduation from the CIA, Duff left Northern California to become Executive Pastry Chef of the Vail Cascade Hotel and Resort in the mountains of Vail, Colorado. Duff left Colorado to cook and bake bread for Todd English's Olives back in Washington, D.C., and worked under Executive Chef Steve Mannino.

Duff's entrepreneurial spirit took him back to Baltimore in 2000, where he finally realized his dream and opened Charm City Cakes in his apartment. He wasn't there very long; as word-of-mouth, the media, and even the health department all began to take an interest, and he soon found himself in a real bakery of his very own. Increased coverage in the press, and a growing clients list helped propel Duff into an even bigger location: an old church he retrofitted into his current modern bakery - and the Charm City Cakes as we know it was firmly established.

As word about his unusual and daring cakes got out, Duff hired staff with more artistic experience than the typical pastry chef, like painters, architects and sculptors. His out-of-the-ordinary team is known for producing highly creative cakes that range from Star Wars characters and vehicles, to a replica of the Stanley Cup, to a working life-size motorcycle, and a Hogwarts Castle for Warner Bros.

In 2006, following several appearances on its cake competition challenge series, Food Network tapped Chef Duff and his fellow cake baking artists at Charm City Cakes to star in "Ace of Cakes." The program ran from 2006 until 2011. In 2011, Duff was nominated for two James Beard Foundation awards for both Best TV Food Personality/Host and Best Television Program.

Following "Ace of Cakes," Duff starred in and hosted a number of his own programs including "Sugar High," "Duff Till Dawn," "Cake Masters," and "Worst Bakers in America." Duff currently hosts and judges in "Holiday Baking Championship," "Kids Baking Championship," "Dessert Games," and "Buddy vs. Duff."

Duff also stars in "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," has been featured in episodes of "Iron Chef America," "The Next Food Network Star," "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives," "Chefs vs. City," "Cupcake Wars," and "Chopped."

Chef Duff has also made his first foray into the publishing world with the New York Times Bestseller, Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes. He also published a baking book, Duff Bakes.


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