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Buddy Valastro on `Buddy vs. Duff.` (Food Network photo)
Buddy Valastro on "Buddy vs. Duff." (Food Network photo)

Buddy Valastro returns to Food Network, TLC this holiday season

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Tue, Oct 27th 2020 07:30 pm

‘Cake Boss’ competes against expert craft masters on ‘Buddy vs. Christmas’; journeys to heal his hand after a serious accident at his home on 2-hour TLC special

Buddy Valastro embarks on an extraordinary new Christmas-themed competition on Food Network as he goes head-to-head with the greatest non-cake artists on “Buddy vs. Christmas,” premiering Sunday, Nov. 22 (10 p.m. ET/PT). It's bakers vs. makers as their skills are tested in each of the four episodes, as Buddy and his team of bakers goes up against an award-winning scenic designer, a glassblower, an animatronics expert, and a Lego builder. With only 24 hours to capture the spirit of the holidays with their creations, the one that rises to the top with their elaborate design will be crowned winner. From life-size gingerbread houses and snow globes, to incredible toys including drivable sleigh cakes and action figures, and to Santa's workshop complete with talking reindeer, each creation brings holiday enchantment to life.

The cake designs on “Buddy vs. Christmas” were some of the last cake's Buddy constructed, as the series was filmed prior to a recent accident at his home, where his right hand was impaled, and he was rushed into emergency surgery. TLC's two-hour special following Buddy's road to recovery (premiering Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT), follows the dramatic events as they transpired in real time with footage captured immediately after the incident. It's a long, emotional journey, from Buddy's multiple surgeries, to his family anxiously waiting at the hospital, to grueling physical therapy, and to his first days back at the job. As business deadlines loom, commitments for over-the-top cakes stack up, and the holiday season around the corner, the stakes couldn't be higher. But above all, Buddy faces the ultimate question: Can you still be the ‘Cake Boss’ if you can't make cakes?

For more on “Buddy vs. Christmas,” fans can head to www.FoodNetwork.com/BuddyvsChristmas each week to watch behind-the-scenes games with Buddy and to get seasonal recipe inspiration just in time for the holidays.

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