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)?
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.
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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