By any description this is a unique and must stop studio for all serious cake and sweet (I mean dessert) lovers. B&P takes its name from Ian Burch and Darren Purchese, a pair of bubbly, accomplished and passionate chefs who have pursued their vision of getting to the top of culinary sweet making prowess, while having fun experimenting and pushing boundaries.
You can’t help being drawn by the shapes, colours and textures of what they create daily in this pristine kitchen where they make cakes, sorbets, ice creams, jams, chocolates and ‘accompaniments’ for the home cook to spice up their desserts at home.
As they talk about their creations, in their crisp white chef tunics, you can see and hear their passion about their journey. They first met in london while working in a boutique hotel in london where Darren was a pastry chef
The work that goes into each of the creations is extraordinary. Not only does each one look like a work of art, inside each of these creations are multiple layers of contrasting flavours and textures. Only someone who has a deep understanding of flavours (including the science behind them) can combine flavours you would not ordinarily think to put together can create such amazing flavoured masterpieces. These 2 guys I reckon are the ‘Heston Blumenthal’ of the sweet world!
There is a fair deal of experimentation with flavours in this beautiful kitchen from which they hope soon to run cooking schools by the middle of the year.
Apart from the retail side of the business where you can purchase cakes and sweets, and order celebration cakes, they also have a range of B&P concontions you can take home and experiment with. They also now supply to top end restaurants in Melbourne including Press Club club group.
Opened here in South Yarra a week ago we first discovered them at the Der Raum bar in Richmond where they were creating exquisite taste sensations as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
I am happy to stand corrected but this business is one of a kind in Melbourne.
B&P Sweet Studio