You have to admire Baltimore chef Duff Goldman. For all his success, he never takes it for granted and lets down. He is always pushing like the next interview or 30-second TV "hit" is going to be his first and only shot at success.
That was my first impression last December when I first met Goldman for a Sun Magazine cover story, and I liked him instantly.
And I saw it on display again this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" as Goldman promoted, promoted and then promoted some more for his new Food Newtork show, "Sugar High," that premieres at 10:30 p.m. Monday (tonight).
Goldman brought cakes and desserts and set up outside the GMA studios where fans gather to watch the ABC News show and interact with the hosts during various short segments and features -- usually weather and food.
So, for one weather break, Goldman brought a Charm City cake that featured huge, fluffy cumulus clouds.
"It's meteorologically correct," he told the host.
For another segment involving co-host George Stephanopoulos, Goldman set up a buffet of desserts -- and helped the former senior White House adviser make an especially messy one with ice cream sandwiched between snickerdoodles and rolled in chocolate chips. Duff wound up wiping some of the confection of the side of the mouth of Stephanopoulos who was busy trying to swallow and get the ice cream off his hands.
But before he took his first bite Stephnopoulos managed to toss Goldman a promo pitch right down the middle of the plate asking Goldman what "Sugar High" was all about.
"It's me riding on motorcycles all over the country and eating desserts," Goldman said, as he rolled a strawberry and macadamia confection in Fruity Pebbles. "Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Philly, L.A."
"You have a new bakery in Los Aneles opening?" Stephanopoulos asked.
"Yeah, Charm City Cakes West," Goldman said, promoting yet another project.
Go, Duff, go.
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