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PALS presents ‘Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman

September 10, 2010 12:00AM

"Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldman will appear at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17, in Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium as part of the 2010-2011 PSU Performance and Lecture Series. On the college lecture circuit, Goldman's relates an interesting life story and shares an inside view of some of the Food Network personalities millions of Americans tune into each week.

Goldman showed an interest in cooking at the age of 4 and started working professionally when he was just 14. His first love, however, was art. He began as a graffiti artist, moving eventually to metal sculpture, working in the meantime as a chef in local restaurants. He is also an accomplished musician, playing bass in an indie instrumental band.

After earning a degree in Eastern history and philosophy from the University of Maryland, Goldman switched to the west coast to enter the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif.

Goldman combined his artistic talent, his experience with sculpture and his skill in the kitchen to form Charm City Cakes in 2000. In 2006, the Food Network launched the show "Ace of Cakes," featuring Duff and his fellow cake artists. Today, Charm City Cakes may be the best known bakery in the U.S.

Goldman's success on the Food Network has led him to expand his career. He now also stars in the Food Network series, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," and he just completed several guest-starring roles in both TV and film, including Fox's "King of the Hill" and Walt Disney Pictures, "You Again."  Goldman has also made his first foray into the publishing world with the recently released "Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes" from HarperCollins/William Morrow.

Tickets for Goldman's appearance in Pittsburg are $5 for the general public and $3 for PSU faculty and staff, persons 65 and older or 17 and under. PSU students with valid ID are admitted without charge. All seating is general admission.

Tickets are available at the Ticket Office, Ext. 4796, www.pittstate.edu/office/tickets/ or at the door the night of the performance.

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