Dessert king Adriano Zumbo relishes the sweet life
He’s known for his intricate, meticulously detailed desserts so it makes sense that Adriano Zumbo applied his patissier’s eye for detail to his own home.
Just like his infamous V8 cake on MasterChef, his weatherboard cottage is made up of many layers, original features mixed in with modern elements.
“It’s been a slow while to get it looking like this,” he says. “It was a pretty old and run down house and it’s always been the plan to give it a bit of a facelift over time.”
As you would expect, the kitchen was the first room to be updated.
It’s an airy, open space at the back of the house that’s flooded with natural light with bi-fold doors that lead out to the back deck.
“I just wanted to make it a place to hang out and cook,” he says.
“The kitchen is always one of the main parts of the house. When you go to someone’s house, you always end up chatting in the kitchen, so I’ve always wanted a great kitchen for that, not just because of my job.
“I’ve got a nice big bench in the middle, plenty of space to work and all the equipment I need. Everyone stands around the island bench talking.”
For Adriano, it was an easy choice to live in Balmain.
“I had this house before the store, but I like it because Balmain has always been a nice little community,” he says.
“I come from a country town and when I moved to Sydney, I found some suburbs are a bit more difficult to break through and get to know the community and your neighbours.
“Here people are more talkative and you feel part of the community.”
Commercial ovens They allow me to cook like I would at work. They’re self-cleaning, they also work as steam ovens and I can
cook two things at once.
I found it at a food show years ago. I love the old school feel of it.
Movie posters They’re my girlfriend’s. She loves Sophia Loren, and they’re displayed in an alcove that is perfect for them in the kitchen.
It’s from Ikea, and an awesome shape. I thought it was really clever as I like things that are light and not too bulky. I also
Artwork It’s by Hugh Ford. I worked with him on my book. Most of his artwork is faceless and quite quirky. I like the humour in it and the way we have to think about it.
Tap We use these in the kitchen wash-up area and it just makes cleaning up easy.
Lights I got them from a store on Victoria Rd. I like the texture. They
remind me a bit of nature.