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