Adriano Zumbo is one of Australia’s most celebrated patissiers. This country boy’s first taste of the sweet life was raiding the lollies and cake mix from his parent’s Coonamble supermarket. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 15 where his love affair with pastry flourished. His swiftly expanding empire began in 2007 with his Balmain shop front, where sugared-up locals couldn’t get enough of his pastries. An appearance on the first series of MasterChef Australia helped introduce the croquembouche to an even wider audience and made Adriano – and macarons – a household name.
Adriano has opened seven stores throughout New South Wales and Victoria including a concept store at The Star Casino. In October 2011 he released his first book, Zumbo, allowing anyone with a sense of adventure to try their hand at his desserts. October 2012 Adriano released his second book Zumbarons, which celebrates his most popular creations, macarons, with 40 flavours to delight and inspire.
Adriano has competed in several prominent international competitions including Coupe de Monde and the Asian Pastry Cup. In 2012 he joined forces with premium chocolate brand Cacao Barry, becoming their Australian Ambassador. 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. This creativity is evident in every layer of his elaborate desserts. Constantly evolving and always considering his next move, cake, or idea, Adriano’s infectious energy keeps his fans on their toes. They love it that way, and so does he.
Image from The Zumbo Files, photographed by Brett Stevens