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storefront bakery in the West Village
back in 2013, but it closed during the
pandemic. This year is his first one doing
business in Astoria.
He said that he hopes being on “Baking
Impossible” will help get more
eyes on his business. And it seems
to be working — Goncalves has seen
a rise in his followers since the show
aired and even gets recognized while
walking on the street.
His journey with “Baking Impossible”
first started when the show contacted
him in early 2020 over Instagram. Filming
took place in California and ended
in late 2020, though the show didn’t
air until fall 2021.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
show had delays in shooting and ended
up being filmed and aired later
than initially planned. To be safe during
the pandemic, contestants mainly
stayed in their hotel rooms and on the
set. The safety measures were successful,
with no one who worked on
the show contracting COVID-19.
Despite the COVID-19 protocols,
Goncalves said that the hardest part of
the show was actually getting paired
up with a partner he had never met
“I was very scared ... she never
baked in her life,” he said about
Schonour. “So, it was very challenging,
very stressful, but it was awesome.”
Ultimately, Goncalves said that he
and his partner ended up getting
along well, which helped them make
it to the final challenge.
“We connected really, really well, so
I think it did help us a lot to go all the
way to the finals and to win the competition,
as well,” he said.
While there is a lot that he can’t reveal
about his behind-the-scenes experience,
Goncalves shared a couple
of fun facts about the filming.
One thing that surprised him was
the fact that there were about 200 or
so people who worked on the show,
making it a bigger operation than he
expected it to be.
Another factoid he shared is about
the uniforms all the contestants had to
wear while filming: Goncalves said he
Goloso by Rodolfo
had to wear the same shirt, jeans and
apron in every episode, which made
it look like all of the episodes were
filmed in the same day.
They were not, but the contestants
were each given multiple versions of
the same outfit to wear to stay coordinated
throughout the entire series.
Overall, Goncalves said that being
on “Baking Impossible” was a great
experience and he hopes to be on another
baking show in the future.
“Always, one door opens another
door, and, of course, I’m looking to be
on TV,” he said. “I’m still dreaming that
I can make a cake that can fly.”
At Goloso by Rodolfo, he makes
cakes for weddings, birthdays, special
occasions and more. His cake business
can be found online at golosobyrodolfo.
com and on Instagram at @golosobyrodolfo.