Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman is television personality and pastry chef who is also the executive director of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and Charm City Cakes in Los Angeles. Having risen to be an accomplished chef and a renowned TV personality, Goldman began his artistic work using graffiti. In an interview with Matt Giles, Goldman notes that his artistic side that is evident in the towering cakes that he bakes began with destruction of public property using graffiti (Giles, 2016). Having also learnt how to weld, he applies such skills in making his sculpture like cakes that have made him a household name. His baking prowess and the making of towering cakes led to a deal with Food Network that gave Goldman’s shop a television show dubbed ‘Ace of Cakes.’ Since then, his celebrity status has been sealed at the top.

Goldman celebrity status has also drawn him into conversations regarding gender roles and the position of masculinity and femininity with regards to their social roles. In an article titled the Fabulous Baker Boys, by Joel Stein, the author explores the topic on gendered roles and expectations noting that there is a fine line between such roles. Such changes in roles and expectations are visible in the fact that even boys such as the author’s son have pink as their favorite color (Stein, 2013). In light of this, there is a view that individuals are challenging the traditionally installed gendered roles and expectations. Stein (2013) mentions that Goldman is the most famous baker and this is meant to challenge the idea that women and girls are better in the kitchen. The evident use of Goldman as an example of how roles are changing means that he has created a significant impact in society that is transcending beyond the pastry world. The view given is that of an individual with significant influence in society.