You could pick Anna Polyviou out of a line up from a far, piecing’s, bleached blonde Mohawk, colourful g-shock watches and rad high-top sneakers. But it’s her wicked fun drive and love of breaking the rules that has taken this Pastry chef to a whole new level. Her crazy love for Street Art and a personal DJ have her standing out from the rest.
This award-winning pastry chef walked into Shangri-La hotel, Sydney 3 years ago, transformed the pastry team, but also she is the driving force behind the revolution of patisserie in hotels around Australia.
Anna began her career at Hotel Sofitel in Melbourne, where she won best apprentice in Victoria in a competition run by Les Toques Blanc, which took her to Claridges hotel in London. While working and studying, Anna also competed and won the Awards of Excellent, best dessert in the UK and headed over to Pierre Herme’s famous Paris Patisserie.
When Anna walked into Sydney’s Shangri-La hotel, she has changed the way that hotels are viewed, with her sell out Dessert Degustation’s which are in her pastry kitchen, that has everyone screaming for tickets, she also has done a walk in gingerbread house, markets and endless ball of fun events.
In 2014 Anna hosted Australia’s first ever dessert festival, called Sweet Street, in which 800 sugar fanatics packed into the hotel ballroom to down more than 5000 desserts created by Anna and her pastry friends, which included Adriano Zumbo, Gelato Messina, LuxBite, N2 nitro gelato, Kirsten Tibballs and many more. Along with Djs, graffiti artists and break dancers. In 2015 the event was bigger and 2016 can look at doubling in size and more pastry chefs involved.
The cherry on top moment of 2014 is when one of her trade make dishes, an extraordinarily beautiful modernist take on the traditional carrot cake won best dessert in Australia given by Foodservice. An added bonus was when she was featured on Master Chef Australia 2015.
2015 has been an eventful year with been the ambassador of Smooth FM’s highly popular Chocolate Festival, launching the first every Kit Kat studio and creating her own Kit Kat chocolate bar. The launch of the Audi TT car along with designing the cake for The Great Australian bake off. Featuring in various cookbooks such as The Great Australian cookbook and The new patissiers.
In 2016 Anna was announced as Kenwood Ambassador for Australia, had a television appearance on Masterchef with her “Anna’s Mess” Creation and now in 2017 Anna is currently working on her own cookbook to be published by Murdock cookbooks. Stay tuned for some exciting big news to be revealed soon.