Just a hop and skip from the iconic South Yarra intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street you'll find Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio.
The gorgeous retail store - it's walls hung with edible art, the kitchen and it's artistry gloriously on show - is the work of husband and wife team Darren Purchese and Cath Claringbold.
In just nine years, B&P has become an institution, a Melbourne original and the home of B&P Lamington Week, held every year in the run up to Australia Day #BPLamingtonWeek
Loved and trusted for Darren's decadent desserts and cakes made daily, and for his painstakingly handmade creations including small batch jams and spreads (try B&P's famous Salted Caramel Spread or Chocolate, Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar Jam), lollipops, chocpops, confectionary and chocolate, canneles, triple single- origin choc chip cookies and the famous salted caramel lamington. There's B&P blend coffee and hot chocolate...honeycomb hot chocolate too, they are so dedicated to their craft they even have their own bee hives.
B&P - celebration cakes, dessert tables and installations - has been a centrepiece, filling instagram feeds, at the biggest celebrations in the country including the F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, The Porstea Polo and sparkling Logies after parties.
B&P Sweet Concierge makes picking up orders easy.
There's a drive- through service for all prepaid orders at B&P's Chapel Street location or we'll find a set down point....so you can stay in your car and B&P Sweet Concierge will bring your beautifully boxed cakes or desserts out to you.
it was love that brought the British-born Darren to Australia. And maybe fate played a hand too.
Darren was already a renowned pastry chef working in prestigious kitchens across England and France when in 2004, he was invited to appear at a Brisbane Masterclass Weekend. It was his first ever visit to Australia...and the first time he met his future wife and partner in B&P, Melbourne chef and restaurateur, Cath Claringbold.
A year later, Darren was here to stay.
He worked as a pastry chef at iconic Australian restaurants, Vue de monde in Melbourne and Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House among then, before opening Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in 2011
Since then Darren has become a fixture on must-see-TV - Masterchef, and the author of five books - Sweet Studio, The Art of Divine Desserts, Lamingtons & Lemon Tart , Chefs Eat Toasties Too, Chefs Host Christmas Too and his newest title Chefs Eat Breakfast Too, which is set for release in April 2019.
But don't let that those savoury titles fool you: Darren sweet tooth and wild imagination are forever. Like any great love.
The B&P online store delivers irresistable deliciousness, Australia-wide.
Whether it's something for you, for home, or a beautifully boxed gift for friends or family, whose day wouldn't be brightened by a thoughful delivery?