Darren Purchese is the owner, pastry chef and creative force behind Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio. He is one of most respected pastry chefs working in Australia today, renowned for his exquisite and extravagant sweet creations. Darren skillfully balances flavours, texture and kitchen wizardry to produce revolutionary dessert concepts.

After learning his craft in Europe Darren arrived in Australia in 2005 and has since worked in the finest kitchens in the country. Darren opened Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in Melbourne’s South Yarra in 2011 to much acclaim.

His studio showcases new and unique dessert combinations fusing science with sweetness and his celebration cakes, edible artworks and dessert table installations are much sought after. Darren’s exclusive Sweet Sessions, involving a carefully balanced menu of desserts have reached cult status among Australia’s

sweet loving public.

Darren’s customers, fans and prestigious client list all have one thing in common; they’re hooked on his unique, delicious and extensive list of creations as well as his natural charm and hospitality. A natural host and speaker, Darren is an author and regular on TV especially Masterchef Australia and is the “go to guy” for comment on sweet trends locally and around the world.