Peoria is Baking with the Boss

By WEEK Reporter

November 18, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:06 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- New York Times Best Selling Author, Reality Star, and Baker Buddy Valastro is in Central Illinois.

The host of TLC's reality show "Cake Boss" was at Peoria Civic Center Friday night.

He demonstrated some of the techniques that have made his family's bakery nationally famous, and selected a few lucky audience members to some friendly competition.

Valastro says the interactive live show began as a motivational speech to children that anything is possible.

"In these tough economic times, it great to you know tell the kids that you can follow your dreams. You can make things happen," Valastro.

The Cake Boss's extravagant creations have made him internationally known but he says "the familia" is still the highlight of his career.

"You know my favorite part is knowing that it brings families together, and families kinda enjoy the show together. So that really touches my heart."