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."

Patty Lee & Sharon Huang

Excited to meet you for the first time are Patty Lee and Sharon Huang, the two vivacious hosts of TLC’s all-new Fun Taiwan First-Timer. Let’s give them a warm Filipino welcome!

Special Appearances

Joining in the fun are the ever-funny, witty and charming celebrity brothers KC and Troy Montero from Discovery Channel’s upcoming show Worst Vacation Ever. KC Montero is a popular former MTV VJ and radio star, while Troy Montero is best known as an established actor.

Catch Ramon Bautista, Angel Rivero, Jun Sabayton, RA Rivera and Lourd De Veyra, the wacky hosts from Discovery Channel’s You Have Been Warned Asia who will also be at the event to bring you the best moments of TLC Festival 2017!