Duff Goldman

Chef Duff Goldman is a widely celebrated pastry chef and the star of Food Network’s hit TV Shows, Ace of Cakes and Buddy vs. Duff.
Renowned for his dazzling and creative approach to pastries, Duff’s culinary career began at a bagel shop, where he was almost fired for making the sandwiches too big. Ever since then, he has made a name for putting his own spin to food.

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with degrees in history and philosophy, Duff went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif. He worked at several acclaimed culinary destinations, including the French Laundry, the Vail Cascade Hotel and Todd English’s Olives before returning to Baltimore in 2000 to become a personal chef.

In March 2002, Duff quit his day job as a Personal Chef and opened Charm City Cakes, which became a household name on the hit Food Network Show Ace of Cakes that aired for 10 seasons. Duff is also a graffiti artist, a metal sculptor and a musician who plays bass in the Elvis tribute band Danger Ace and the indie band Sand Ox.

Duff will be at the GTBank Food and Drink Festival on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, to lead the discussion on Acing your Cakes!

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