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Polished Edge: Buddy Valastro of ‘Cake Boss’ on TLC
Q: There is a story that your late dad came to you in a dream to give you a recipe that you couldn’t re-create. Is that true?
A: It’s an Italian pastry that we make. The recipe we always had. It’s actually a very simple recipe. It’s a very, very hard technique that I have bakers here for 25 years who can’t do it. It’s the hardest Italian pastry to make, and we were just having a lot of problems re-creating it after he passed away.
And I was so focused on it, and I was driving myself crazy, that night I went home and I dreamt of my father, and it was the first time that I dreamt of him after he passed away. And it was funny because I had a pretty great relationship with my dad, and I said, “Oh, wow, Dad, you’re here. I can’t believe you’re here.” (Chuckles) True words. And he said to me, “I’m not here to d... around with you. I’m here to show you how to pull off lobster tails one last time.”
And he did; he showed me how to do it in my dream, and we were working side by side, and by the end of the dream, there were two of me. It was crazy. And then I woke up the next day, and I went in, and I was able to do it.
Q: Did you get chills when everything worked out?
A: Yeah, a lot of people got chills, but that was a great story -- and a true story. Pretty amazing.
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