There may be very less Food Network viewers, who don’t recognize Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman. Cited as the ‘King of Cakes’, Goldman excels in straining imaginations into the pieces of pastry arts. His amazing creations are available at Charm City Cakes.
Duff Goldman’s early life and early job at famous bakeries
Jeffrey Adam Goldman was born on December 17, 1974, in Detroit, Michigan, the United States. He was brought up in a Jewish background in Missouri, where his family moved shortly after his birth. Duff is his nickname, which his toddler brother Willie used to say failing to pronounce his original name. His grandmother was a pastry chef from England.
His parents divorced when he was 10 and thereafter, he lived in Northern Virginia and in Sandwich, the oldest town in Cape Cod. He went to McLean High School in McLean, Virginia in 1992 and later graduated from Sandwich High School in 1993.
His mom, whom he cites as an amazing cook, found him watching Chef Tell on television and swinging a meat cleaver in the kitchen at the age of 4. He realized his passion for cooking when he cut his pinkie while carving a pumpkin when he was in 2nd grade.
He landed a 14, he landed his first job at a bagel store. He almost lost his job for making too big sandwiches. Thereafter, he went to Charleston, which he considers as the finest restaurants in Baltimore. Though his resume wasn’t equivalent to the requirement for his job there, head Cindy Wolf offered him to make biscuits and cornbread only. This is what, Duff claims as the turning point on his the way of catching his dream.
He had an early interest in music but chose a baking job to pay bills in his early years. He had once played bass guitar for an instrumental band named ‘…..soihadto….’ He says that his alternate job would be to a bass player on Clutch. He baked the wedding cake of Clutch’s frontman Neil Fallon.
He joined Corcoran College of Art, shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also attended Culinary Institute at Greystone in Napa Valley, California.
While in California, he landed a position of stagiaire at French Laundry, where he worked under celebrated pastry chef Stephen Durfee and also worked as an executive pastry chef under Jesse Llapitan at Colorado-based Vail Cascade Hotel. Later, he moved to Washington, D.C. and baked bread at Todd English’s Olives, where he worked under Steve Mannino.
About Duff’s famous Baltimore-based bakery, Charm City Cakes
In 2000, Goldman returned to Baltimore to start his own business and founded Charm City Cakes. He had just two assistants for help at the beginning, but when unusual cakes order increased, he hired more people, even those who didn’t have experience as a pastry chef but were experienced architects, painters, & sculptors instead.
Goldman has created strange cakes including likeliness of Elvis Presley in the form of three-foot buttercream sculpture, 3-dimensional German Shepherd, a Jeep, a replica of CAT scan machine and Wrigley Field. He often uses power saws, drills, blow torches, belt sanders while making cakes.
At present, Charm City Cakes offers special-occasion cakes and is popular at international level with its slogan “We don’t make cakes – We make dreams come true”. It is where one can see the imaginations, excellently and extraordinarily strained in the pieces of pastry arts.
After 15 years of opening original Charm City Cakes, Goldman has opened a new retail shop in the President Street in Harbor East. The retail space, which showcases brownies, cookies and Japanese candies alongside exclusive cakes, was inaugurated on April 21, 2017. He opened the branch of the famous bakery in Los Angeles in 2011.
Duff Goldman in TV: Ace of Cakes, Iron Chef and more
Duff brought his unique style of baking into a Food Network audiences as host of hit food show called Ace of Cakes. The popular cake decorating show, which initially came as a demo tape called You Let’s Bake, was aired for 10 seasons from August 2006 to February 2011.
He had a short-lived show called Sugar High in 2011, in which he traveled across American states stationing by Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia to learn unique recipes from the top dessert destinations.
He has appeared in several food shows. He lost against Michael Symon in Iron Chef America season 8 and also won a competition on Food Network Challenge. His other TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, King of the Hill and Imagination Movers.
He received a Guinness Book of World Records on March 30, 2008, for baking world’s largest cupcake, which weighed 61.4 pounds and was more than 1 foot tall. The cake as 150 times the size of regular cup cakes with 10 pounds of sugar, 16 pounds of butter and 3 ounces of food coloring.
Duff Goldman’s secretive personal life has triggered gay rumors
Duff Goldman dated a woman named Sofia Rodriguez in past but now it seems like the couple has separated. Sofia used to work as a cake decorator at Charm City Cakes.
Not only his secretive nature but also him openly supporting LGBT rights have raised questions about his sexual orientation. But he has denied the rumors.