"There was about an eight-month period where I didn’t ride bikes," he admitted."I was driving a truck, and every time I would see a bike go by…and I was like, ' I can’t do it anymore.'" The Baltimore native said his return to the open road was "like freedom." He joked, "I felt like a little baby bird that learned how to fly.I just took off, I was so excited." PHOTOS: Celebrity charity Something else that gives him wings? I can’t believe that these kids want to do this.' So it’s really fun." He joked, "Then we hire them, we put them on the payroll and make them do dishes."I love motorcycles," Goldman, 39, told Us at the Hollywood premiere of . 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." PHOTOS: Reality TV's breakout stars Reflecting back on the harrowing 2012 crash, Goldman said the accident itself hasn't deterred him in from pursuing his love for bikes. "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.'" PHOTOS: Stars who've been caught getting scared Goldman added that while his commute to and from work is risky, he feels at ease about his mode of transportation."I have to make peace with myself — that on my way to work, I’m really close to death," he confessed."Whereas most people, on their way to work, are just worried about work. I was like, ' Okay, am I going to ride bikes, or am I not going to ride bikes?'" PHOTOS: Celeb health scares For the Food Network star, riding bikes has been so deeply "ingrained in my heart and soul" that the alternative would work against his well-being.
Duff Goldman quite literally ate his way across America to film the series "Sugar High" last year — from sea to sugary sea. But Goldman not only cares — deeply — he's committed to getting in shape, committed in the same deadly serious workaholic way that helped turn the Baltimore baker into a national commodity.When his dream of slaying on the guitar in a rock band wasn't paying the bills, Chef Duff Goldman turned to his talents as a classically trained pastry chef and metal craftsman and founded Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD in 2002. Duff and his intrepid team of cake decorators churned out cakes the world had never seen before: cakes with sound, cakes with smoke, cakes with motorized moving components, life-sized baby elephant cakes- no cake was too crazy to tackle. And we aren't talking Hollywood smoke-and-mirrors eating, where it looks like someone is tasting something but is really spitting it into an off-camera bucket. He's working out intensely almost every day of the week. And if anyone has a problem with it, the former "Ace of Cakes" star doesn't care.
It wasn't long before Charm City Cakes caught the eye of the Food Network where the hit reality cake decorating series Our cakes have taken us everywhere from Costa Rica to the 2008 Inauguration of President Obama, from Hollywood Premieres to working with organizations like Share Our Strength that help fight hunger all over the world. 22, about his adoration for motorcycles — even after enduring a serious accident that resulted in the loss of several toes.