MANILA - Before becoming an international reality star, Chef Buddy Valastro started to work at his father's bakery not as a baker, but as a dishwasher.
Buddy Valastro Sr., who immigrated to the United States from Italy at a young age, had the "Cake Boss" host work his way up the shop to instill "work ethics."
Although his father never instructed him to be a baker, the younger Valastro said when he started to do it at age 15, he realized it was his dream job when he felt satisfaction and self-worth.
"I would make a cake and I would see what I created and get that feeling of wow and say that I want that feeling for the rest of my life," he told ANC's Early Edition.
With his show aired on cable TV across different countries, Valastro said he has one simple advice to young people who tell him he inspires them: love what you do.
"If you find your dream job and you find that thing in your life that makes you say 'wow,' I think that’s the key to success," he said,
"It’s about hard work, it’s about believing in yourself, never giving up; but I also believe that you also have to love what you do because if you don’t, forget it," he added.
Valastro is in Manila to be part of this year’s TLC Festival, scheduled on November 4 at Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.