“Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro shared his capitalism success story with FOX Business on Friday.
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Valastro, 42, took over his father’s bakery and turned it into a cake empire.
“I started after my dad passed away," he told FOX Business' Stuart Varney. "I was 17, I actually had to drop out of high school, to take over the business, and I started to really see that the old world bakery was getting destroyed by the supermarkets."
“You know and I came up with a theory saying look I'm going to make stuff that they can't make. I didn't want to have the doughnuts for nickels and dimes. Let them have it… I said I'm going to make the cakes," he added. "I can do this artistic stuff. And I taught myself how to do it.”
Valastro said he started to gain exposure from magazines and television competition shows about cakes, which eventually led to a reality TV series on TLC.
“I'm standing in my bakery. It’s 2009. I get a phone call and they're like, 'You know we're thinking of doing a show about cakes. What do you think?'" he said. "I said we'll just follow me and my bakery. I have a big crazy Italian family, a 100-year-old business, and I do these outrageous cakes. Then it was the birth of ‘Cake Boss.'"
‘Cake Boss’ returns on Discovery Family for season nine.