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Buddy vs. Duff

Buddy vs. Duff

  • Premiered: 
    March 10, 2019
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  • Network: Food Network
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking, celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Elite bakers Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake in this six-episode competition series, which challenges every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master. From techniques, to design skills, and taste, each episode will measure their talent in two rounds: a Bake-Off to test their baking abilities, followed by a Cake-Off to showcase their creative imaginations and decorating expertise. Renowned chefs Sherry Yard and Keegan Gerhard are joined throughout the competition by special guest experts including, Florian Bellanger, Street Science's Kevin Delaney, Flip or Flop's Christina Anstead, Hannah Hart, Waylynn Lucas, Penn & Teller, Gesine Prado, Fast N' Loud's Richard Rawlings, Aarti Sequeira, and many more, to help determine the winner. The pressure is on as the two biggest names in cakes put it all on the line in this ultimate cake-off! The competition is fierce as Buddy and Duff pull out all the stops and push their creativity to the limit in each challenge as they whip up impressive creations. The battle begins as Buddy and Duff must make their most beloved family recipes in the first Bake-Off. In the cake-off, the chefs create car-inspired birthday cakes for celebrity gearhead Richard Rawlings. Things heat up quickly as this friendly competition becomes a serious battle of creativity, skill and reputation. Throughout the season they are challenged to create carnival treats to impress a crowd of hungry amusement park patrons, dazzle with intricate Bollywood-inspired cakes (for Aarti Sequeira), and satisfy customers during the morning rush at the iconic Randy's Donuts in Los Angeles. If that's not enough, they must also design desserts for an exclusive dog pampering party (for Christina Anstead), impress a couple with elegant wedding cakes for their big day (for celebrity event planner Slomique Hawrylo's bridal fitting event), and enchant audiences with illusion cakes for a special show at Hollywood's Magic Castle (for the legendary duo Penn and Teller). In the finale on Sunday, April 14th at 9pm ET/PT, Buddy and Duff face their toughest challenge yet. For the final Bake-Off, the two chefs must work to make their most heartfelt and monumental creations yet -- chocolate desserts to conceal engagement rings for surprise proposals. Then in the final Cake-Off, their skills are pushed to new heights, as Duff returns to Charm City Cakes and Buddy heads back to Carlo's Bake Shop to work on their final show-stopping space-themed cakes for Philadelphia's prestigious Franklin Institute. After weeks of intense competition, it all comes down to these out-of-this-world creations. Plus, STREET SCIENCE host Kevin Delaney presides over the wild festivities as Buddy and Duff lay it all on the line with their showstopping masterpieces.

The eight-episode sophomore season of BUDDY VS. DUFF premiered on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Longtime rivals Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman go head-to-head in round two, where the cakes are bigger, bolder, and the competition is even more fierce. Their wives, Lisa Valastro and Johnna Goldman, support them through the difficult challenges as every aspect of what it means to be a true cake artist will be tested. This season's supersized cake creations will push the limit of imagination and ingenuity, as they are judged on a point system based on creativity, difficulty, adherence to the theme and the incorporation of a special challenging element, ranging from detail, special effects, interactivity, and more. The pressure is on as the two biggest names in cake vie to rise to the top to be crowned king! From realistic prehistoric dinosaur cakes that look alive, to mini-golf cakes that are interactive, and to theme-park cakes that move, Duff's and Buddy's abilities will be tested as they build jaw-dropping cakes. The competition kicks-off in New York as the two bakers are challenged to whip up cakes highlighting their own interpretation of the Big Apple for an event hosted by actress and foodie Debi Mazar and New York news anchor and restaurateur Rosanna Scotto. While on the East Coast they make cakes of unseen proportions for the American Museum of Natural History, Medieval Times' 30th Anniversary, and for Jordin Sparks, star of the hit Broadway musical Waitress. On the West Coast, Duff and Buddy dive into a challenge at the Aquarium of the Pacific with astounding tableau underwater cakes. Then, it is a hole-in-one for one of the bakers as they make unique playable mini-golf cakes for LPGA pro Michelle Wie. Keeping the momentum going, the bakers are tasked to construct cakes that look and move like theme park rides for the 100th anniversary of Knott's Berry Farm.
On Sunday, May 3, 2020 from 9-10:30pm ET/PT, Food Network premiered "Star Wars Cake," the 90-minute Season 2 finale of BUDDY VS. DUFF. After weeks of intense competition, it all comes down to this, as Buddy and Duff must combine all the special elements from all the previous challenges -- interpretation, realism, special effects, detail, tableau, interactivity, and movement -- into one last cake to celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th for an event hosted by Billy Dee Williams at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park in California. These will be their biggest, most elaborate cakes yet. Expert judges Kimberly Bailey, Florian Bellanger, and Waylynn Lucas determine which baker rises to the top with the most out-of-this-world cake!

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Jane Street Entertainment
  • Produced by Optomen USA Productions