Zumbo’s Just Desserts got off to a magical start with Adriano Zumbo’s reflective creation mystifying the dessert makers.
Twelve of Australia’s most passionate dessert makers put their sweet making skills to the test on the premiere episode of Zumbo’s Just Desserts last night
For their first Sweet Sensations Task, they had to make a dessert that reflected themselves and what they bring to the competition.
No-nonsense mum Kate was named Dessert Maker of the Day for her Apple Pie Mille-Feuille. “I love the custard, the apple tartan and the butter milk ice cream,” Adriano Zumbo said. “That’s something I can eat every day.”
Car salesman Peter found himself in the bottom two after his Layered Fruit Sponge Cake with Passionfruit Ice Cream collapsed. “It would have looked beautiful had it set in time,” host and judge, Rachel Khoo, said.
Joining him in the elimination challenge was art lover Wendy, who presented a Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Vanilla Cinnamon Ice Cream. “It’s too simple,” Zumbo said.
The Melbourne pair faced off in the Zumbo Test, where they had to recreate Zumbo’s fantastical creation. Underneath the Dessert Dome, Zumbo unveiled a reflective dessert with a mirror-like finish. Inside contained layers of mandarin gel, salted caramel and yuzu cremeux on a crunchy hazelnut sable.
With four hours on the clock, they did their best to replicate Zumbo’s latest masterpiece but Wendy fell short with a total of 6/20 against Peter’s score of 11.
Wendy may have left the Dessert Factory but the 39-year-old is still working hard to make her sweet dreams come true. The recruitment consultant is running regular baking events, including Date and Bake for singles looking for love. “I’ve had a wonderful experience,” she said. “I’ve learned amazing things. It’s been a tremendous experience.”
Zumbo’s Just Desserts continues tonight at 7.30pm on Seven