Reality TV show MasterChef Australia instantly transformed pâtissier Adriano Zumbo into a household name. The show featured his croquembouche, macaron tower and V8 cake, and the public simply ‘ate them all up.’ Adriano’s desserts and pastries showed extraordinary skill and easily caught the attention of the public, with their use of very unique ingredients and quirky names.
A confessed chocoholic, Adriano proclaims:
“Chocolate is one of my favorite ingredients. It is such a versatile product. We all grew up with it. Chocolate brings out the naughty in me. It’s that little voice in the back of your head, pushing you to be naughty. You know you don’t really need it and sometimes, you shouldn’t have it, but the little voice makes you decide to have it! Chocolate excites the brain and the body. It goes with any flavor. I just truly love it!”
Growing up, Adriano’s parents owned the local grocery store in Coonamble, New South Wales. “I was literally the kid left in the candy store. I had my fill of lollies and chocolate, and it was all “free!” I would stuff my bag every time I went through the racks! My favorites then were the Milo Bars and the Curly Wurly caramel bars.”
But being exposed to the food retail business also gave him a keen business sense. After finishing high school Adriano traveled to Sydney to start his pastry apprenticeship in 1997. It’s his love affair with confectionery, combined with his Parisian training at institutions that include l’Ecole Lenôtre, Bellouet and stagés at Pierre Hermé and Damiani, which has resulted in a sensibility as delicious as it is irreverent.
His flagship store is at The Star Casino and Hotel complex in Sydney. Adriano Zumbo at The Star is an exciting concept store, which comprises of a patisserie and an innovative dessert train. The decor showcases Adriano’s philosophy on food and above all else… tastes incredible.
A full range of cakes, Zumbarons and pastries are available. Also on sale are Adriano’s handcrafted chocolates. The whimsical dessert train allows you to simply take plates off the conveyor belt for a small treat. The open plan kitchen also lets you watch the talented chefs in action as they whip up some amazing creations.
The Zumbo South Yarra patisserie is their first venture into Victoria! Mirrored panels and pink neon dominate the modern interior, reflecting Adriano’s signature quirky and innovative style.
Lastly, when asked about his own personal chocolate addiction, he responded without hesitation, that his all time favorite is chocolate fondant cake. He loves the texture of the cake and is always in awe as he cuts into it and the gooey chocolate center oozes out. A more sophisticated favorite are chocolate spheres, Adriano adds. He appreciates the effort put into making the spheres, with different layers of flavor, plus the added surprise of finding out what the sphere is concealing inside.