After years of cultivating a television persona as America’s bald, giggling Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman might seem downright cuddly to you — but he wasn’t always that way.
On the panel stage at Feast Portland’s Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting
, Goldman shared a story about his rough-and-tumble days, which involved some helpful interference from Carrie Welch, co-founder of Feast Portland, and then-vice president of PR for Food Network.
“I played hockey in college, and I used to get into fights,” Goldman told the crowd. “So when I first got to Food Network, Carrie sat me down and told me, ‘You can’t do that anymore, you need to stay out of trouble.’ But there was this food blogger… One day I’m at an event and I see him, and I’m like, ‘What’s up?’ I was serious too. I was like, ‘Listen, you and I are gonna go outside.’”
(At this point in Duff’s story, Carrie gets up to demonstrate how she stood directly in front of Goldman in that moment, placing her slender frame between the two adversaries like a wall.)
“So Carrie looks at me and goes, ‘Get out of here! Get out of here right now!’”
Goldman was good enough to listen, and we imagine the feud dissipated after that — but we hope that blogger knows how lucky he was.
To be fair, Goldman did also make an effort to remind us all that he’s softened since his hockey days, by passing out cupcakes at the end.