Gigi Falanga

At home with This tal­ented pas­try chef knows the chal­lenges of work­ing un­der pres­sure

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - LIVING - Words Jen­nifer Veer­huis jen­nifer.veer­huis@news.com.au Pic­tures John Fo­tiadis More Zumbo’s Just Desserts pre­mieres on Mon­day at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 7

Top pas­try chef Gigi Falanga is accustomed med to com­mer­cial kitchens but work­ing from m home presents a dif­fer­ent set of chal­lenges. With her own cake dec­o­rat­ing busi­ness, By Gigi, the Brazil­ian is in de­mand for cakes, which she of­ten cre­ates from home.

Gigi, pre­vi­ously sec­ond-in-charge of the pas­try kitchen at the Shangri-La Ho­tel, lives with her boyfriend in a colour­ful ul two-bed­room ground floor apart­ment in Fresh­wa­ter. She says the kitchen is tiny.

“But at home you do feel you can take your our time, it’s cer­tainly dif­fer­ent to be­ing in a com­mer­cial cial kitchen,” she says. “I like liv­ing on the ground nd floor be­cause when I trans­port cakes I don’t havee to worry about the stairs.”

Gigi’s desserts are about to gain a new au­di­ence udi­ence af­ter she scored a role on patissier and chef Adri­ano Zumbo’s new show, Zumbo’s Just Desserts, a com­pe­ti­tion for am­a­teur dessert mak­ers.

“I am Zumbo’s as­sis­tant and I’m also the time­keeper,” Gigi says.

“I’m check­ing what the con­tes­tants are do­ing and try­ing to give them ad­vice.”

Gigi moved to Aus­tralia per­ma­nently in 2009, af­ter spend­ing a year here in 2004.

“When I came to Aus­tralia I found the life­style was re­ally easy­go­ing,” she says. Bra azil. Itt

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I’m very ex­cited about cake dec­o­ra­tion. There are so many tools and each has a spe­cific role. I got this in Brazil. It says “live and be happy” in Por­tuguese. It’s very colour­ful and rep­re­sents that part of my cul­ture. That’s how I live my life.

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