Famous television chef Duff Goldman took to social media to recount a harrowing ordeal he recently experienced. While en route home from the airport, pondering the birthday cake he intended to create for his daughter’s third birthday, Goldman’s journey took a terrifying turn.
An allegedly intoxicated driver veered into his lane on a winding country road, resulting in a severe collision that left Goldman surrounded by deployed airbags, injured, and thankfully alive, albeit with a hand injury. Recognized for his culinary creativity and expertise, particularly in cake artistry, Goldman expressed gratitude for his survival and the relatively minor nature of his injuries given the circumstances.
“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,” he posted on Instagram. “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.”
Goldman later told People, “I live on a really windy, canyon road in the Santa Monica Mountains, and this guy just came around this corner way too fast,” explaining how a driver lost control and collided with them. “He was already totally in our lane and just smashed into us.”
According to him, the pastry chef, his driver, and the driver of the other vehicle all survived the collision but were transported to the hospital. Goldman suffered severe damage to his dominant right hand, requiring stitches, and he awaits further assessment from a specialist regarding the next steps.
“It definitely doesn’t work,” Goldman says of his hand. “And I need it to, because that’s all I got.”
After the accident, Goldman went to check on the other driver. “He got out of the car and was kind of stumbling around. I was like, ‘Oh, this guy is hurt.’ And then I went over to see if he was all right and hold him upright. And I smelled his breath, and I was like …,” Goldman recalled, his voice trailing off. “Man, I was pretty angry.”
The Charm City Cakes owner, who has a three-year-old daughter named Josephine with his wife Johnna, took to Instagram to urge his followers to seriously consider the consequences of drinking and driving.