BRAZILIAN-born pastry chef Gigi Falanga stars in the new Channel 7 reality cooking show alongside celebrated Australian patissier Adriano Zumbo and British chef Rachel Khoo. The 34 year old lives in Freshwater, on Sydney’s northern beaches, with her Aussie boyfriend, Sam Page.
She grew up in Sao Paulo and moved to Australia in 2004, and has worked the Sydney kitchens of Shangri-La, The Bathers’ Pavilion and Jonah’s Whale Beach.
“Australia is like the better Brazil,” Ms Falanga said. “It has the amazing beaches and lifestyle, but it is a lot safer and there are more opportunities here. Plus, I think people help each other out a bit more in Australia.”