Thirty Seconds with Dana Herbert. Plus, a tribute to our rich railroad heritage, the many benefits of June Jam, summer at the beach: by the numbers, Gordon DelGiorno names his favorite flicks, and more.
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Chef Dana Herbert won TLC’s first “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” competition using patience, foresight and maturity, along with his considerable skills—hardly the sort of qualities that define a reality TV star. But Herbert (now a dad after he and wife Netesha welcomed their first child in February) made Delaware proud, winning $50,000 and a job working alongside the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro.
DT: Do you feel like a celebrity now? Do you get recognized on the street?
DH: I do get recognized sometimes. It’s strange. I guess it hasn’t gone to my head yet, because I always try to take a moment to talk to somebody.
DT: Are 100-hour weeks still common for you?
DH: They’re still the norm. At some point I’d love to get down to 70-75 hour workweeks.
DT: What footage from “Next Great Baker,” didn’t survive the editing room?
DH: I felt like I almost took on the big brother role with that crew. I remember telling the other contestants that we had all already won. Think about it: There was a thousand people that wanted to get onto this show. They chose you as one of the 10. You’re here. Now we just gotta go do the dance.
DT: What are some professional goals you still want to strike off the list?
DH: I definitely want my own show. That would be cool. I’m working on something now that we hope will get picked up and take flight. I’m opening a new cake shop near Bear, and it looks like that will happen sometime in June.
DT: What would you want for your last meal?
DH: I would probably ask for a cocoa and espresso-rubbed filet with a cherry demiglace. Some type of rosemary potatoes and maybe some asparagus.
DT: What about for dessert?
DH: I would say a sweet potato cheesecake. Or maybe southern lemon or mandarin orange cake.
DT: Are you sick of cake at this point?
DH: (Laughing) I still like it. I just eat smaller portions. —Matt Amis
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