Author(s): Darren Purchese
British-born pastry chef Darren Purchese has won a loyal, enviable following over five years with his Sweet Studio Burch & Purchese, on Chapel Street in Melbourne. Together with wife Cath Claringbold, he has built a reputation for stunning feats of sugary deliciousness combining jellies, sponges, mousses, cream, crumbles and spreads. Many creations are works of art as much as they are a birthday cake or celebration dessert. Darren has played a prominent role on MasterChef over successive years (he was responsible for the passionflower pressure test, one of the highest rating episodes in 2015), and is lined up to do so again in 2016. He is looking at opportunities to give his brand a retail presence in Brisbane, he had a cameo role in Neighbours in October 2015, and he created the wedding cake and dessert for good mate Storm Uechtritz's wedding to Boyzone singer Ronan Keating recently, where he was also a guest.