Buddy Valastro

For Buddy Valastro, mixing eggs, sugar, butter and flour means a lot more than “making a cake.” As a fourth generation baker, it’s a constant source of pleasure, pride and creativity. Creating amazing cakes connects Buddy with the memory of his father Buddy Sr. and his extended Italian family history. His talent and passion for the family business, Carlo’s Bakery, has earned the straight-talking cake expert the moniker, and TLC TV show, Cake Boss.

The true origin of the charming and humble baker’s unwavering dedication comes from his father’s handed down teachings. “I found my dream job and passion when I was 11 – and I still have it. I love what I do and I am good at it, which makes me incredibly lucky and blessed.” So, how does a man who’s already achieved so much continue to find inspiration? Simple. “I can see cakes in anything. I just open my eyes.”

Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen is the chef and owner of Sydney's award-winning Vietnamese restaurants, the critically acclaimed Red Lantern and Red Lantern on Riley. Luke is also the man behind the much-loved Fat Noodle, an Asian noodle bar concept at The Star in Pyrmont Sydney as well as in Brisbane.

Luke was recently inducted into the Sydney Morning Herald's Food Hall of Fame for his cooking and travel programs Luke Nguyen's Vietnam and Luke Nguyen's Greater Mekong, which are televised in 150 countries. Not only that, he is also the judge and host for the first series of MasterChef Vietnam, 2015, and is the Ambassador for award winning travel group APT; hosting culinary discovery trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, China & Japan."

Special Appearances

At this year’s festival are Patty Lee and Sharon Huang – two vivacious new hosts from TLC’s Fun Taiwan series. Also be sure to catch your favorite lokal stars, Troy Montero, Ramon Bautista, Angel Rivero, Jun Sabayton, RA Rivera and Lourd De Veyra as they bring you the best moments at the festival. Come up and say hi, stop for a picture and be sure to hashtag us at #TLCFest17!