Adriano Zumbo

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Adriano Zumbo (born 6 November 1981) is an Australian patissier and chef, known for his croquembouche tower, V8 cake, and fairytale house on MasterChef Australia. Dubbed as the "sweet assassin", "Patissier of Pain", and "the Dark Lord of the Pastry Kitchen",[citation needed] Zumbo is also known for introducing MasterChef contestants to his technically challenging desserts.[citation needed] Zumbo's creations are unique in their names, the technique with which he creates them, and the incorporation of unusual ingredients, such as black olive and beetroot.[1]

Zumbo, as he is known in the culinary world, has also appeared on a documentary television series Zumbo, featuring the daily routine of the chef at his Balmain kitchen business. It screened on SBS One Thursdays at 7:30 pm.

In August 2016, Zumbo co-hosted Seven Network cooking series Zumbo's Just Desserts.[2]


Adriano Zumbo was born to Italian parents from Calabria and was raised in Coonamble, New South Wales, 164 kilometres northwest of Dubbo. Zumbo's parents owned the local IGA supermarket, where he developed a sweet tooth and a keen business sense. His early years were spent in Italy where he learned to appreciate various types of coffee, reflected in the coffee-inspired culinary items found at the various patisseries he owns around Sydney.[3]

After finishing school at Year 10, Zumbo travelled to Sydney to start his pastry chef apprenticeship in 1997. He worked under renowned culinary icons in Australia and France including Ramon Morato and Pierre Hermé.

Zumbo started his career by supplying homemade tarts, muffins, brownies and banana bread to local cafes in Sydney. He later switched to selling goods to grower's market before opening his first patisserie in Balmain in 2007. Today, Adriano Zumbo owns six patisseries: Balmain, Pyrmont, Rozelle, Chatswood, Waverley, Melbourne and the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney's CBD. Besides appearing as a guest judge on MasterChef and an observational documentary series, 2011 saw Zumbo release his first book, Zumbo Book.[4]


  1. ^ "Adriano Zumbo's Signature Restaurant in Sydney at the Star". The Star. 
  2. ^ "Seven Gives Viewers A Taste Of New ‘Zumbo’s Just Desserts’". Bandt. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pastry Chef Adriano Zumbo sweet talks". The Premier Coffee Magazine, Bean Scene. 
  4. ^ "Adriano Zumbo". Good Food and Wine Show. 

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