Celebrity Chef, owner of Carlo's Bakery and star of Cake Boss
BCM: If you could describe fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
BCM: What’s one moment in your fatherhood journey that has made you proud?
BV: I’m proud every day. I’m proud to see my son take it upon himself to find a recipe and make his own apple pie from scratch for everyone, or to see my daughter drop what she’s doing to patiently help one of the younger one’s with their homework. They’re all thoughtful of one another and of me and my wife and I’m so happy that’s one of their big take aways from our family dynamic.
BCM: What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
BV: Never stop trying.
BCM: Congratulations on all of your success. From your hit television show and you famous bakeries with locations across the U.S., there is no denying that people love to eat what you bake. Do you have a favorite sweet treat to make?
BV: The kids and I love to make cookies! We’re always on the quest to perfect our recipe and I love that it’s something we all enjoy doing together.
BCM: You recently partnered with Who Earth Sweetener Co. Why was it important for you to get the message out to others to rethink sweet?
KB: I’m an everything in moderation kind of guy and swapping out Whole Earth Sweetener for sugar in our day-to-day lifestyle makes that more realistic. I’m around dessert all day and I’m not going to deny myself a treat here and there and I wouldn’t want anyone else to either, but if I’m eliminating sugars in simple ways like in my cups of coffee throughout the day, I can enjoy and keep my daily intake a lot lower than I normally would. I think making healthier choices is an important message for not just my family but for other families, too.
BCM: What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other parents?
BV: I think we all need to do what we can to be present in our children’s lives in some way. I know I work a lot and I know a lot of other parents do too but I still want to know how their [the kids] days went, how school is going, what’s happening with their friends, so I make myself available to them to share all of that with me and they know at the end of the day that they’re my priority over everything else, no matter where I am in the world.
BCM: How do you tackle work/life balance?
BV: I’m in a unique situation that I work alongside my family, so we’re always around one another and get to be there for a lot but for other things, the games, the plays… I make the time. If that means waking up extra early on one day to know I’ll be done with my day just in time to make it to that soccer game, I will. Time management is everything in my world.
BCM: If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
BV: Unpacking. I’m on the road a lot and while I don’t mind packing, I really, really, really hate unpacking.
BCM: wHAT is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
BV: In a house with four kids scrambling to get ready and go to school, I know it’s hard to believe that I relax and unwind in the morning but I do. I love sitting with a cup of coffee and just focusing on what I need to get done that day and how I’m going to accomplish that. If I really need to disconnect, decorating a cake is what I do. Frosting, piping, all of that takes so much concentration, I can let all of my other thoughts go and just actually relax.
BCM: What is your best parenting hack?
BV: WD-40 can work like a charm when trying to get crayon off the wall.
BCM: What was the last book you read?
BV: I just finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with the kids!
BCM: What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
BV: “It will only take five minutes!” I think we’ve all told that one from time to time…