Es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent

Dessert king Adri­ano Zumbo rel­ishes the sweet life

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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.

Butcher’s block

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.

Fruit bowl

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

like red.

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.

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