Celebrity chef Duff Goldman got his start flipping burgers

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Do you aspire to be a famous chef with your very own TV series and a cult following in the food industry? If you do, don’t be afraid to start your career flipping burgers, or making pizzas, because that’s exactly how Duff Goldman got his start.


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During a segment on Fox 5’s Good Day New York, Monday, Goldman told show hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly that he got his start in the business making hamburgers, before landing a job at a “real nice restaurant in Baltimore.”

Goldman, who was in college at the time, approached the chef at a Baltimore restaurant and said to her: “Hey, I really want to be a chef.”

Asked about his experience, Goldman referred to his resume, where he pointed out that he worked at McDonald’s, Burger King and pizza joints.

“You don’t know how to cook,” was the response he received.

Undaunted, Goldman turned on the charm, and said he could make 12 Big Macs in under a minute.

Unimpressed by Goldman’s Big Mac act, the back-and-forth continued until she agreed to hire him. “You’re a nice guy and I’ll hire you,” she told him, and Goldman had his foot in the door. But he had to work for it. Goldman was hired under strict conditions that he would have to bake cornbread and biscuits for 2 years.

After 2 years, Goldman said she kicked him out and he went to culinary school.

Goldman went on to open the Charm City Cakes shop in Baltimore, which was featured in the Food Network reality television show Ace of Cakes. Goldman’s Los Angeles-based shop Charm City Cakes West, is featured in Food Network’s Duff Till Dawn series. His work has also been featured on the Food Network Challenge, Iron Chef America, Oprah, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Man v. Food, just to name a few.

You can watch Duff Goldman’s appearance on Good Day New York in the video below.