Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou won “Pastry Chef of the Year” at the prestigious Gault&Millau 2016 Awards in Melbourne on 7 November 2016.
Polyviou took home the coveted award in a field of 13 of Australia’s leading pastry chefs, capping off a year where she also won “Hotel Chef” at the 2016 HM Awards for hotel excellence.
The mohawked, multi-pierced, sneakered “Punk Princess of Pastry” has revolutionised desserts and pastries within the hotel and across the country.
“I am honoured to have been selected as the first chef to win this new award, and want to thank my team, Shangri-La and sweet lovers who enjoy fun desserts full of selfexpression,” Chef Polyviou said.
This Christmas, Polyviou will create a festive wonderland with a giant Gingerbread House using over 1,500 kilograms of gingerbread bricks, which will be open to the public from 3 December 2016 at The Lobby Lounge, with take-home goodies to buy.
Polyviou is the mastermind behind Sydney’s biggest dessert event of the year at the hotel, Sweet Street, where festival goers are taken on a decadent journey through street art, cool beats and sweet treats by Australia’s most celebrated dessert chefs.
Her guest chef appearance on the 2016 MasterChef Australia season challenged contestants to recreate her delicious dessert Anna’s Mess, which has 74 steps, nine elements and an eight-page recipe.
The award-winning pastry chef has transformed the hotel’s celebrated High Tea with her distinctive sweets and added a vibrant edge to the dessert station at Café Mix, along with a colourful take on The Lobby Lounge’s cakes and pastries.
Polyviou has initiated a Dessert Degustation series, partnering with renowned sweet creators in the hotel’s pasty kitchen, including Reynold Poernomo from Koi Dessert Bar and LuxBite’s Bernard Chu.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 98 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.