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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 May 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT mundane Anna Polyviou’s elimination challenge Shangri-la Hotel’s executive pastry chef punks the MasterChef Australia contestants with the country’s best dessert Dubbed the ‘punk princess of pastry’, Melbourneborn chef Anna Polyviou made her debut on MasterChef last Monday. The 36-year-old was in charge of the most difficult and stressful elimination challenge Channel 10 has featured so far. Polyviou had the three contestants try to remake her award-winning carrot cake, which took her own team of 10 professional pastry chefs more than 30 attempts to perfect. The recipe was a 12 element, 40 step, three-hour-long kitchen ordeal for MasterChef gals Rose Adam, Jacqui Ackland and Fiona Grindlay. George Calombaris' former apprentice, who returned after she won herself a scholarship to London before heading to Paris to train with renowned chocolatier Anna Polyviou, the new Master Chef family member, alongside judges Gary Mehigan, Matt Preston and her former staffmate, George Calombaris. Pierre Herme, introduced the perfect pressure tests. Fiona was the one sent home on the night, but Anna Polyviou will be coming back for some more bitter-sweet challenges. The Lobster wins Cannes Jury Prize Colin Farrell and co-stars arrive at Cannes for The Lobster premiere The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, which premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, won the Prix du Jury award during this year's closing ceremony on May 24. French film Dheepan won the top Palme d'Or prize for director Jacques Audiard at the 68th edition of the festival, while the Grand Prix award belongs to the aspiring Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes for his drama Son of Saul, set in Auschwitz. France's Vincent Lindon won best actor for French director Stéphane Brizé's film La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man). Starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, The Lobster was co-funded by Irish production company Element Pictures and shot in Ireland. Set in the future, the dystopian film is considered a daring metaphorical take on the need for single people to find a partners. The Lobster is slated for release on October 16. Director Yorgos Lanthimos (L), Jury Prize award winner for The Lobster, with actor John C. Reilly. PHOTO: YVES HERMAN. Bonnie Sveen and Nic Westaway go Greek The duo donned traditional Greek dancing attire at Brisbane’s Paniyiri Festival Nic Westaway and Bonnie Sveen met again, not as members of a TV show cast, but as hosts of the Paniyiri Greek Festival in Brisbane's Musgrave Park. The duo left Home and Away’s Summer Bay to dance together to the sound of traditional Greek music. Bonnie wore an anklelength white dress and a traditional tight vest adorning her torso. The Logie winner, accompanied by two male Greek dancers dressed in black, rocked the zorba dance, inviting visitors to join. Nic enthusiastically took to the stage, competing with professional Greek dancers honouring his traditional attire and managing to pull-off some impressive moves in spite of being dressed in multiple layers - including a white tunic, black vest, red fabric belt and a long white scarf. INXS rocker Kirk Pengilly threw a surprise birthday party for his wife Layne Beachley at the Paniyiri - with a special cake by the pastry chefs. Paniyiri Greek Festival holds the title of the longest-running Greek festival in Australia, since its 1976 inception, offering the world’s longest zorba dancing, plate smashing and Greek delicacy eating. Last weekend's turnout exceeded 60,000 visitors, eager to delve into one of Australia's most exciting Greek experiences. Kirk Pengilly and wife Layne Beachley were also there to celebrate for more than one reason. Bonnie went Greek all the way. Nic Westaway and Bonnie Sveen at the Paniyiri. N S Nic was especially excited when the tsifteteli dancer started to dance. PHOTOS: PMB-NR PHOTO GROUP.
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