All is well at Carlo's Bake Shop, the Hoboken, New Jersey bakery that has served as the set of Buddy Valastro's TLC reality shows "Cake Boss" and "The Next Great Baker." Valastro released a statement Thursday sending his best wishes to the flooded city of Hoboken and reassuring his fans and customers that although Carlo's has not yet re-opened after Hurricane Sandy, it did not sustain serious damage in the storm.
"Hoboken is in my heart, and I'm devastated to see the city suffer like this -- but know we'll all come back stronger than ever," Valastro said. "Me, my family, and the entire Carlo's Bakery crew extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by the hurricane. The bakery team is accounted for and safe, and are working together to help each other out. Also, the store did not suffer any serious damage, and we look forward to serving the community again soon."
Valastro also announced details for the upcoming third season of TLC's "The Next Great Baker." The 10-episode season, which premieres Monday, November 26 at 9 p.m. ET on TLC, pits 13 up-and-coming pastry chefs against each other in a series of baking challenges. Celebrity guests for this season will include Mario Lopez, Joey Fatone, Lou Ferrigno, and more.
Another New Jersey reality show mainstay, the "Jersey Shore" house, also made it out of the storm unscathed. However, the same cannot be said for the Seaside Heights community where the MTV reality show took place. Click here for more.