Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman on COVID-19 and Voting

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Where do we find optimism during the current crisis? Celebrity baker Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes, Charm City Cakes) dials in to talk to Billy Shore about his winding path to success, the effects of the coronavirus on his business and employees, and his advice for overcoming the current crisis. “The absolute 100% biggest impact is everybody needs to register to vote and vote in November,” he admonishes. “We have this terrible virus going around that’s really shut everything down, and we are rudderless. There’s nobody at the helm.”

Goldman talks about temporarily adjusting his business operations to get through these tough times. “I don’t want anyone to go on unemployment or – god forbid – try to rely on the government right now,” he explains. “One of the things about people in the restaurant industry: we are resilient. We’re going to need some help, but I really believe that most of the people that are shut down right now, they’re going to be back. I have to believe that,” he says.

Join us for a discussion about determination, innovation and the optimism it will take to overcome the problems created by COVID-19.

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Duff Goldman

A chef and artist known for his dazzling, creative approach to food and his awesome stories describing the simple science of baking. Goldman starred on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, set in his bakery, Charm City Cakes. He now has cake studios in Baltimore and Los Angeles. You can watch Goldman bake and decorate on Food Network’s Duff Takes the Cake and mentor bakers on Kids Baking Championship. Goldman believes we can discover our inner creativity and celebrate with each other through the fun of baking!

Charm City Cakes

Founded in Baltimore in 2002 and opened in Los Angeles in 2011. They pride themselves on making their clients’ cake dreams come true. Duff Goldman and his intrepid team of cake decorators churn out cakes the world has never seen before: cakes with sound, cakes with smoke, cakes with motorized moving components, life-sized baby elephant cakes–no cake is too crazy to tackle. Charm City Cakes caught the eye of the Food Network where the hit reality cake decorating series Ace of Cakes was born. Their cakes have been featured at many high-profile events such as the 2008 Inauguration of President Obama.

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