Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro, 43, suffered a serious injury to his dominant right hand while bowling at his house on Sunday, the chef revealed on Instagram. Valastro posted a picture of himself recovering post-surgery in the hospital and referring to his heavily bandaged right arm he wrote, “I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago… What do you think of my new accessory?”
Valastro’s representative told People that the reality TV star was spending “quality time” at home with his family when the accident happened in their private bowling alley.
“There was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter, a common fix in the past, but it turned into a terrible accident,” the representative told People. “After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit. Unable to remove his hand, he can see a 1-1/2″ metal rod slowly and repeatedly impale his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger.”
The chef’s representative said that Valastro’s sons, Buddy Jr., 16, and Marco, 13, then used a reciprocating saw “to cut through the metal rod and relieve his father from the machine.”
Valastro and his wife, Lisa Valastro, married in 2001, are also parents to daughter Sofia and son Carlo. All six of them traveled the country together while filming Buddy’s Family Vacation, which aired on the Food Network in 2016.
Valastro’s Recovery Will Be an ‘Uphill Battle’
Valastro had emergency surgery following the accident Sunday to “remove the rod from his hand and stabilize the wound,” NJ.com reported. A subsequent operation was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by orthopedic surgeon and professor Dr. Michelle Carlson, “the official second opinion physician for the NBA,” according to her bio, and a consultant for professional sports teams.
Nikki Monan, spokeswoman for Carlo’s Bakery, told NJ Advance Media that it will take some time for Valastro to fully recover. “It will be an uphill battle as it’s Buddy’s dominant right hand and he will need prolonged recovery and therapy,” Monan said.
Carlo’s Bakery first opened in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1910. Following the death of Bartolo Valastro Sr. in 1994, Valastro took over the shop to continue the family legacy. After reality TV propelled Valastro and his family’s shops to stardom, the business quickly expanded.
Fellow Celebrity Chefs Like Emeril Lagasse & Duff Goldman Wished Valastro Well on Social Media
Shortly after Valastro posted about his accident, his comments section blew up with wishes for a quick recovery. Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman wrote, “Get better homie. You’re gonna need that hand.”
Celebrity chef Cat Cora commented, “Sending you so much love,” while Emeril Lagasse wrote, “Get better quick my friend!”