Bakery Boss

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Cake Boss star helps struggling businesses in sweet series.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series underscores some of the things that need to be done to make bakeries profitable. A lot of emphasis is placed on getting along, being a team, and treating baking as both a craft and a vocation.

Positive role models

Buddy Valastro appears committed to helping people salvage their businesses and their family relationships. Some owners aren't immediately receptive to his advice.


Arguments occasionally break out between bakery owners, staff, and family owners.

Not applicable

Words like "crap" and "hell" audible.


The Carlos Bakery logo is visible on Valastro's chef's coat. The logos for featured bakeries are also visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol is sometimes referenced as an ingredient.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bakery Boss, which is part of the Cake Boss reality franchise, features celebrity baker Buddy Valastro helping struggling bakery owners to stay in business. Despite some occasional language ("crap," "hell"), and some arguing between business owners and staff, the show is pretty mild, and contains positive messages about family and hard work.

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What's the story?

The reality series BAKERY BOSS stars celebrity baker Buddy Valastro as he travels across the country helping struggling bakery owners save their businesses. From trying to convince stubborn owners that their recipes need reworking, to helping long-established neighborhood bakeries update their business practices and storefronts, Valastro is committed to helping folks make their shops a financial and culinary success while enjoying the work that goes into creating delicious baked confections.

Is it any good?


The Cake Boss reality spin-off offers a look at what goes into running a small bakery. Most of the struggling bakeries are family owned and rely on their local communities to keep them in business. The show highlights some of the many entrepreneurial and baking skills necessary for making these small businesses successful.

Bakery Boss is interesting, but the show's main focus is on Valastro's efforts to help owners resolve some of the family issues that are contributing (at least on camera) to their bakery's demise. These emotional moments are voyeuristic, but the results of the baking drama are usually as sweet as pie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do you think business owners agree to appear on this show? How does Buddy Valastro benefit from helping fellow bakers save their businesses? Do you think the emotional conversations that take place between family members are real?

  • Did you know that reality shows are often created to promote things? How do TV shows like this one advertise to viewers?

TV details

Cast:Buddy Valastro
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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