Zumbo to host Seven’s new reality dessert series

Zumbo to host Seven’s new reality dessert series

Having risen to national fame with his croquembouche and V8 cake challenges on dessert series MasterChef, Sydney patissier Adriano Zumbo is looking forward to a new challenge: fronting his own show.

The dessert king, who kicked off Australia’s love-affair with macarons, will host Zumbo’s Just Desserts, a search for Australia’s best home bakers. Under Zumbo’s eye, amateur dessert makers will put their sweet-making skills to the test in a dessert series of cook-offs.

“Making great sweets, hopefully exciting the people at home and coming up with a few new things. It will be a good journey and lots of fun. I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

Up-and-coming pastry chef Giovana (“Gigi”) Falanga will be on hand as Zumbo’s assistant. The Brazilian former model previously worked under Anna Polyviou at the Shangri-La Hotel Sydney, so she’s no newbie to colorful and kooky creations. Still, she said the show feels like “walking in a colourful dream full of lollies, chocolates, and desserts”.

“It’s magical – I felt like a child again,” she said.

British chef Rachel Khoo of My Kitchen Rules fame will co-host.

Rachel said she has admired Zumbo’s work for years.

“He’s got an amazing talent for making not only stunning-looking desserts, but also desserts that taste as good as they look,” she told the Daily Telegraph.

“There’s nothing more disappointing than biting into something beautiful and it tasting bland.”

The reality series, which begins after the Olympics, sees 12 amateur bakers take on a series of intricate challenges each week in a cook-off. Coming from the brains behind the highly popular My Kitchen Rules, Seven is confident it will nab impressive rating figures.

“Who doesn’t love desserts? It’s everyone’s favorite course and this show will be a trip into my wonderful world of pastry,” Zumbo told TV Tonight.

“I can’t wait to share my latest sweet creations – they’re out of this world!”

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