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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 August 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 AUGUST 2016 13 FOOD taking them to various restaurants. They've all expressed an interest in buying our cakes and desserts." Peter has come up with a concept he likes to call 'dessert-on-a-stick', an ice cream-like pastry on a skewer incorporating all the flavours and techniques of a dessert, only frozen. "I'm very passionate about this dessert idea,” he says. “One of our specialities is black forest cake. All combined sponge cake, sour cherries and ice-cream, which is in fact frozen custard, on a stick. “If you’re passionate about something and that’s what you’re dreaming of, that’s what you have to pursue.” With his pastries, Peter loves to experiment predominantly with European dessert-making techniques. He occasionally fuses them with some of his favourite Greek flavours, creating titillating masterpieces. "I use some Greek-related inspiration fused with Italian, French and Spanish flavours," he says, adding that "sometimes Greek desserts are a bit too sweet". Greek cuisine, however, has always been a driver for him, since he learned a lot about food from his Greek grandmother and a cookbook he bought at the age of 15. "I set about making everything in that book," he says. "And I haven't stopped since." Meanwhile, his son Dean, who went to Greece for a holiday a few years back, saw that everyone was going crazy and lining up for loukoumades. The day he returned to Melbourne, he decided to open his own Greek doughnut joint. "Dean came back and said, 'Dad, can you show me how to make them'? Now he's got a firm called St Jerry's and he does Greek doughnuts, loukoumades. He loves it. "My son is the reason I joined the show," he reveals. It was in fact Dean who saw Channel 7 representatives walking around at a Greek event and found out they were after potential contestants for a show they had in mind. "My son then said 'my father would be very, very good at that', and here I am. Channel 7 got in touch with me, checked me out and asked me if I wanted to be part of the show. "I said 'yes by all means'," he enthuses. As the oldest contestant in the competition, Peter is banking on his experience and palate to set him apart. "I understand flavours and how things should be done," he says. "Most of the desserts I make, I do very well. I would have loved 20, 30 years ago to have been doing this, because I honestly think that I would have taken the world by storm. Just wait and see." * The reality dessert-making TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts will headline Channel Seven’s magic Monday programming when it premieres on August 22.
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