In a preview of an upcoming edition of Rachael Ray’s show, Buddy Valastro of “Cake Boss” chatted with her about his hand injury and how it’s mending one year after it threatened his career as a baker.
Buddy Valastro, 44, is grateful one year after an accident at his local bowling alley crushed and seriously wounded his hand.
On a new edition of The Rachael Ray Show, which will run in full on Sept. 20, the Cake Boss star gave chef Rachael Ray an update on the state of his hand after five reconstructive surgeries. He claimed that the injury is “95 percent” healed in PEOPLE’s advance look of the show, which can be seen above.
“I think we’re about 95 percent [healed] — which, if that’s the best it’s going to get, Rachael, I’ll take it,” he remarked in a video on the episode to Rachael.
Buddy Valastro: Road to Recovery, a TLC special about his difficult year, was released, and despite the arduous recovery process, Buddy continued to film Buddy vs. Duff, his Food Network and Discovery+ show alongside Duff Goldman.
He went on to tell Rachael, “It’s absolutely been a great ride.” “The fact that I was still able to do what I loved, like the last seasons of Buddy vs. Duff, was incredible because I was still able to do it.”
She laughed with him after he gave her the news, “You know, once you get over a certain age, 95 percent, we’ll take it for anything.” “We’re good if our memory, body, and back are at 95 percent.”
Buddy’s hand injury occurred on September 20, 2020, while he was at home with his family. His pinsetter at the bowling alley broke down, and when he went to adjust it, his right hand became caught in the machine, causing a metal rod to come down and into the upper middle area of his hand three times. He announced the news on Instagram with a photo of himself in a hospital bed with his hand wrapped, and he received a lot of love and support from his family, friends, and followers.
Buddy praises his wife Lisa and their four children, including daughter Sofia, 17, and sons Buddy Jr., 16, Marco, 13, and Carlo, 10, as the people who helped him the most during the traumatic time. In July, he told Entertainment Tonight, “They definitely stood up to the plate.”
“In times of crisis, you never know how people would behave. ‘How are we going to do this?’ ‘How are we going to accomplish this?’ ‘What are we going to do?’ We all came together, and I am incredibly proud of my sons and grateful to my entire family.”