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 and intimate cafe space - 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 seven years, B&P has become and institution, a Melbourne original.
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, ice-cream sticks, canneles, triple single- origin choc chip cookies, marshmallow, B&P blend coffee and hot chocolate...honeycomb hot chocolate too, they are so dedicated to their craft they even have their own been 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 palyed 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 Sydeny 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 three books - Sweet Studio, The Art of Divine Desserts, Lamingtons & Lemon Tart and, most recently, Chefs Eat Toasties Too.
But don't let that last savoury title 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?