PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The lure of getting something for nothing is a pretty strong pull. But if you can get something for free and meet a celebrity, the deal gets even better.
He’s like a rock star with a rolling pin.
Young and old alike lined up in Market Square Tuesday to meet Buddy Valastro, television’s so-called “Cake Boss” from Hoboken, N.J.
“Best day of my life, probably,” Lauren O’Leary, a student at Point Park University. “I met all of his brothers and sisters and I wanted to meet him.”
“I said, ‘Mom, that’s what I want for my birthday present,’” added Olivia Dinatale, a “Cake Boss” fan.
But it wasn’t just Olivia, 10,000 people got a present on Tuesday; they met Buddy and got one of his cakes for free.
“Thank you guys for coming down. I am very excited to be here,” Buddy told the crowd.
Sherry, Jennifer and Amber Blanck arrived at 7 a.m. and were first in line.
“Got up about 5, got here about 7,” said Sherry.
Fans of the show waited for hours for a chance to butter up Buddy.
For hours, he signed boxes and aprons, and posed for hundreds of photos. But he’s all business when it comes to talking about Pittsburgh.
“It means the world to me. I know my father is looking down and is very proud,” Buddy said. Seeing all the families here; seeing all the people here. That’s why we did it here in Pittsburgh because I knew that we would get this kind of reaction, and we love it.”
And the feeling is mutual.
“That’s why we like it. It’s something we can watch together, that we don’t have to censor. It’s family-oriented, which is a nice thing,” said Allison Dinatale, of Plum. “He’s close to the family. Family is everything, and that’s important to us.”