Q & A with Adriano Zumbo, Patissier

Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo of Masterchef fame has become one of the hottest names in Australia when it comes to the sweet stuff.  From a childhood spent growing up in the country, Adriano has gone on to create an impressive empire, comprising 5 stores throughout New South Wales and Victoria.  He has released 2 cookbooks and even created a range of home baking sets.

We caught up with him to get his take on the top spots to eat and drink in Sydney.

Q:  Where do you go to get a great cup of coffee (or tea if you’re not a latte lover)?

Little Ethels.

Q:  If you could only eat one last meal on this earth, where and what would it be?

Pizza & gelato from Calabria.

Q:  Please share with us your 5 all time favourite bars & restaurants in Sydney.

  1. Sepia Restaurant
  2. Cafe Paci
  3. sixpenny
  4. Bentley Restaurant & Bar
  5. 10 William Street

Q:  If you had visitors in town, where would be the first place you would take them to drink and/or dine?

It would have to be Nomad.

Q:  Where do you buy your produce in Sydney?

I take some from work and the rest is from Harris Farm or the supermarket.

Q:  What inspired your passion for food and what does food mean to you?

Growing up, food never really excited me – I was a very fussy eater. Mainly because I would fill my school backpack with lollies, chips and biscuits from my parents IGA supermarket and eat them before and after school. By the time Mum cooked dinner I wouldn’t want to eat anything unless it was sweet. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I love the idea of confectionary-as-art; sweets with faces and exotic flavours. You can do so much with sweets, there’s an endless number of combinations with textures, flavours, colours – it’s my passion.

Food is my life, it’s my outlet , it lets me be creative , and keeps me focused and most of all it makes other people happy .

Q:  What do you want your ‘food’ legacy to be?

Have fun, love what you do, make your imagination come true.  There are no mistakes in life, just experiences.  Eat sweet & keep baking – I want to caramelize the nation!

Q:  Please tell us an interesting fact not many people know about you!

I love dancing by myself in the hallway, with the tunes pumping when nobody’s home!

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