Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro Jr., known to the world as the Cake Boss and owner of Carlos Bakery is recovering in hospital following a horrific accident that saw him impale his hand.
He was in the New York Hospital for Special Surgery and on the road to recovery, but it's going to be a long road since the accident affected his dominant hand.
A representative for Buddy spoke with the media, explaining that the Cake Boss had been spending "quality time" with his family over the weekend. On Sunday, September 20, his rep said "there was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter, a common fix in the past, but it turned into a terrible accident".
"After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit," they continued. "Unable to remove his hand, he can see a 1-1/2" metal rod slowly and repeatedly impale his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger."
"I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago," he writes on his social media. 😔
"What do you think of my new accessory?"
Buddy's sons, Buddy Jr. and Marco, who were with him at the time of the accident, had to cut through the metal rod with a reciprocating saw and relieve their father from the machine. The process took about five minutes.
Buddy was taken immediately to Morristown Memorial in New Jersey where he had surgery. He was later transferred to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and underwent a second surgery.
"It will be an uphill battle as it's Buddy's dominant right hand and he will need prolonged recovery and therapy," Valastro's rep added.
Buddy is now recovering at home after being released from the hospital.
Celebrity chef's were quick to send well wishes.
Duff Goldman who stars as his rival on Buddy vs Duff said: "Get better homie. You’re gonna need that hand 😉"
"We love you Boss! Speedy recovery," said Carlos Bakery.
"Sending you so much love," said Cat Cora, the 1st Female Iron Chef.
"Get better quick my friend!" said Emeril Legasse.