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Darren Purchese

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3, 1975
Guildford, England
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3, 1975 (age 46)
Guildford, England


Pastry chef and author most well known for his regular appearances on MasterChef Australia and MasterChef Australia All-Stars. He is well recognized as a presenter for The Circle and for his 2012 book Sweet Studio - The Art of Divine Desserts. He also owns the Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in Melbourne, Australia.

Before Fame

He began his career in 1997 as a pastry chef at the Savoy Hotel. He then continued to move up the chain of pastry chefs at the Goring Hotel, Brown's Hotel, and Bentley Hotel.


He made a cameo in a 2015 episode of the long running soap opera Neighbours.

Family Life

He married Cath Claringbold and eventually settled in Melbourne, Australia.

Associated With

He worked as a pastry chef for Gary Mehigan's restaurant Fenix.