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Chef Buddy Valastro Brings Culinary Creations to the Strip

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LAS VEGAS - Celebrity Chef Buddy Valastro credits his mother, father, aunt and grandmother as culinary rock stars who inspired him to turn a love of food and cooking into a lucrative career.

"I started work when I was about eleven, baking," he said. "By the time I was fourteen or fifteen, I knew it was what I wanted to do for a living. It was my dream job."

Now, Valastro has a dream location in Las Vegas. When the 36-year-old came to the Venetian three years ago to film his hit TLC show "Cake Boss", he met with Venetian owner Sheldon Adelson.

"I told him one of my dreams was to have a restaurant in Vegas. He said, ‘I think I've got a space for you.' Can't beat that," Valastro said.

Valastro filled that space at the Palazzo with his restaurant Buddy V's. Fans are already packing Buddy V's to see Valastro, whose various cooking shows air in 200 countries around the world.

"We've had people from Brazil, Panama, Uruguay, Sri Lanka, I mean you name it, they come. It's just really, really awesome," he said.

The restaurant generates a warm feeling with its Italian marketplace décor that includes family photos along the walls. Diners also don't have to look too hard to come across some "Cake Boss" designs which feature pictures of whisks, baking pans and rolling pins.

Customers can count on some amazing baking creations.

"Our famous lobster tail, it's like a flaky, crusty pastry, cream-filled, it's to die for," Valastro said. "I'm right here in Vegas, because Vegas is big time. I made the only extra large lobster tale. It's gi-normous."

The menu still stays true to Valastro's upbringing.

"You got my momma's Sunday gravy, shrimp scampi… I'm not a fancy, fru fru chef, good old fashioned ingredients, cooked from the heart… the way momma used to make it," he said.

Valastro says he's ecstatic to be able to open a restaurant on the Strip and be in the same vicinity of chefs he's admired for years, such as Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck.

His partner at Buddy V's, Chef Kim Canteenwalla, is no stranger to Las Vegas. He and his wife own Honey Salt in Summerlin.

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