I’d be willing to bet that to the general public, Buddy is far more well known from Cake Boss than Duff is. He’s well known enough to have a sort of national chain of bakeries. Duff’s profile lately seems to be limited to judging FN baking shows.
I will have to buck the trend and say I was pretty amused by this episode. I do wonder though how much is staged, like Buddy’s walkout, as another poster said.
Duff’s strudel was one of the oddest I’ve seen, with way too little filling to pastry, mire like an appetizer than a dessert. Buddy’s lobster tails were humongous - do I sense a theme to this show?
While Buddy’s cake was too big and sort of crude, I also thought Duff’s cake was not that great - too small, worse fondant seams than Buddy, mechanics didn’t work, and he wasted too much time on overly intricate artwork, which left the rest of the car underdecorated. I can see why Buddy thought he should win.
I was glad to see that Duff’s decorator is still with him, who I remember from his original series (I don’t watch much FN anymore).