THE famous TV chef made headlines after revealing that he had sustained a hand injury after getting into a car crash with a drunk driver.
Food Network fan-favorite Duff Goldman shared details about his terrifying ordeal on his social media accounts, posting a photo of his injured hand on Instagram.
What happened to Duff Goldman?
On Sunday, February 4, 2024, shortly after midnight, Duff Goldman revealed that he had been in a car accident.
He was on his way to his Los Angeles home when a drunk driver reportedly swerved into the wrong lane, and collided with Goldman’s car.
Thankfully, Goldman only sustained minor injuries from the crash, including a hand injury.
However, the Food Network star did admit that for him, the injury is severe – he uses his hands, of course, to bake.
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Beyond appearing on the Food Network’s hit shows like Ace Of Cakes, Cake Masters, Buddy vs. Duff, and Duff Takes The Cake, Goldman also owns his own bake shop.
Charm City Cakes opened in 2002, and has become a celebrity hot-spot, with Goldman and his team making cakes for former President Barack Obama, the cast of Lost and 30 Rock, and even for Katy Perry’s Birthday music video.
What did Duff Goldman say about the accident?
Duff Goldman shared the terrifying news with his followers on social media.
He posted a photo of his injured, bandaged hand on his Instagram account.
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“On my way home from the airport I was thinking about what kind of cake I was going to make for my daughters birthday,” he captioned the post.
“Next thing I knew I bleeding and surrounded by airbags. A drunk driver had swerved into my lane on a windy country road.”
“After doing a systems check and finding that my only injury was to my hand I thanked my lucky stars that I’d still be there to celebrate her third birthday even if I couldn’t make her cake.”
“I’m fine, but it’s gonna be a long road to recovery, and for someone like me who makes a living with my hands you can imagine that this is no joke,” he added.
Goldman then urged his followers to avoid drinking and driving at all costs.
“There’s no excuse for driving drunk. None. Uber, taxi, call a friend. No excuse. Stay safe friends, count your blessings.”
“If you’re drinking don’t drive, and if you’re driving, don’t drink,” he wrote.
When was Duff Goldman in a motorcycle accident?
This isn’t Duff Goldman’s first accident on the road.
Back in 2012, Goldman was also involved in a motorcycle accident.
The accident was serious – he even lost a few toes as a result.
However, in an October 2014 interview with US Weekly, Goldman revealed that he still loves riding motorcycles, even after his crash.
“I love motorcycles…they’re part of my soul,” the star said.
“Even though I got in a wreck a little while ago and lost some toes, I had to promise my parents and everybody that I’d stop riding, but I can’t,” he added.
The former Ace of Cakes star even said that the accident hadn’t made him “scared” of riding.
“It didn’t scare me,” he said.
“It just made me make the choice, more consciously to say, ‘I’m doing something that is very dangerous, but it’s something I love.'”
The motorcycle accident also wasn’t Goldman’s first serious injury.
In the early 2000’s, just before he began appearing on the Food Network, he suffered severe burns on his hand – just before he was invited to compete in a TV baking competition.
Goldman explained how everything went down in the podcast Food Network Obsessed.
“I had moved out my apartment and rented this really crappy catering kitchen because the health department told him me I had to stop making cakes in my apartment kitchen,” he said, as reported by Mashed.
However, the space he rented wasn’t much better, and included multiple pipes sticking out of the floor and a warehouse heater in the catering space.
Two days before the competition, Goldman tripped over one of the pipes, burning his hand on the heater.
“I burned all the skin off my right hand,” he said.
“So, we show up [to the competition] and I have this huge bandage on,” he added, recalling that he “used the back of my hand to roll fondant.”
Not letting the injury stop him, Goldman and his friend, Jeff “came in third place” in the competition, but they “also had a great time.”
Who is Duff Goldman’s wife, Johnna Colbry?
Duff Goldman met his now-wife, Johnna Colbry, on Tinder in 2016.
The duo got engaged on April 2, 2018, and officially tied the knot on January 19, 2019.
After getting married, the duo also welcomed a child together, a daughter named Josephine.
Josephine was born on January 31, 2021.
Colbry, born in 1993, is a California native who currently resides in Los Angeles.
According to Colbry’s Instagram account, she is a writer.
She also has a second social media account where the self-proclaimed “anxious couch potato” shares how she “makes it through the day.”
In an interview with People, the duo opened up about their relationship.
“We have a one-in-a-million relationship,” said Goldman.
“I never thought I would have this kind of capacity for love.”
Johanna agreed, calling her husband a “kind, gentle soul.”