23 Things You Didn't Know About Buddy Valastro

You know this professional baker can turn out over-the-top cakes, but do you know his favorite doughnut or deep-fried food? We have all the answers.

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Favorite Chocolate Dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake

Favorite Pie Flavor: Pumpkin Pie

Favorite Pastry: Lobster Tails

Favorite Sandwich: Roast Beef and Mutz from Fiore's in Hoboken

Watch the Video: Fiore's Roast Beef and Mutz

Favorite Fried Dessert: Zeppoles

Favorite Deep-Fried Savory Dish: Fried Chicken

Favorite Pasta Dish: His Wife's Spaghetti

"My favorite pasta dish is my wife’s spaghetti with roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic. Mwah!"

Favorite Doughnut: Old-Fashioned Cruller

Regular Tuesday Night Dinner: Homemade Italian Classics

"My wife will probably have made a whole lot of something amazing — veal saltimbocca, roasted eggplant, stuffed artichokes. Whenever I’m not practically inhaling Chinese food over a sink at a bakery, she spoils me."

The First Dish He Mastered: Cream Puffs and Eclairs

"It was all my dad would let me do for quite some time!"

His Favorite Vacation Spot: Family-Friendly, Warm-Weather Escapes

"I love going to Disney with the kids. Nothing beats getting to see the looks on their faces the entire time. Other than that, we do like to unwind anywhere in the Caribbean."

His Favorite Guilty-Pleasure Food: Pizza

His Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla

"Good vanilla ice cream goes a long way."

His Favorite Smell: Almond Paste

The Strangest Thing in His Refrigerator: Fennel Fronds

"A Ziploc bag of fennel fronds. We eat a lot of fennel, and my wife saves the fronds to add them to broths, salads, fish, etc." 

His Favorite Pizza Topping: Sausage

The Ingredient He'll Never Eat: Whipped Cream from a Can

"I don’t judge people who enjoy it; I just can’t do it. It’s not the same."

His Favorite Late-Night Snack: Reese’s Pieces

His Favorite Food Cities to Visit: Near and Far

"Florence or Bologna in Italy. If I’m keeping it local, New York or Chicago."

His Favorite Cake-Frosting Flavor Combo: Shortcake and Whipped Cream

His Favorite Culinary Hack: Whipped Cream the Easy Way

"Using a chilled Mason jar to make whipped cream on the fly."

The 5 Ingredients He Always Has in His Pantry: Sugar, Flour, Salt, Olive Oil, Lemons

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