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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney Celebrates “Anna’s Mess”, Anna Polyviou’s MasterChef Dessert

June 8, 2016 Dining No Comments Email Email

Anna Polyviou, Shangri-La hotel, Sydney’s very own Punk Princess of Pastry, last night debuted her decadent “Anna’s Mess” dessert on MasterChef Australia.


To celebrate, the dessert will be available from 8 a.m. this morning until 11 July, at a Pop-Up Bar in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge.

Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou returns to Network TEN’s MasterChef Australia for the second year in a row.  Polyviou is always up for a dare and she challenged contestants to recreate “Anna’s Mess”, a luscious take on the classic English Eton Mess. The spectacular dessert takes 74 steps, nine elements, and an eight page recipe to create the intricate masterpiece.

The twist in the tail: after presenting the dessert, Polyviou drops it, truly creating a marvellous mess.

“The only way to eat “Anna’s Mess” is to create a mess.  Pastry is a world full of colour, fun and funky beats, where passion and creativity reign supreme,” said Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou.

The mohawked, multi-pierced, sneakered sweet creator can be spotted a mile away.  Her unique style in and out of the pastry kitchen has revolutionised desserts and pastries within the hotel, and across the country.  And let’s not forget Polyviou’s resident DJ and graffiti artists who will appear at Sweet Street, her renowned annual dessert festival at Shangri-La hotel, Sydney, on 8 July 2016.

Dessert Pop-Up Bar

“Anna’s Mess” as featured on MasterChef Australia, is available for sale on the ground floor Lobby Lounge of Shangri-La hotel, Sydney at 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, from 8 a.m. on Tuesday, 7 June until 11 July 2016.

Anna’s Mess in a Jar, $8.50, takeaway

Small Anna’s Mess, $11.50, take-home box

Large Anna’s Mess, $39.50, (serves four) take-home box

Add on to Traditional High Tea in the Lobby Lounge, $4.00, per person

Lobby Lounge Regular Opening Hours

7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday to Friday

8 a.m. – midnight, Saturday

8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday

For enquiries and reservations, please call (02) 9250 6000 or email dine.slsn@shangri-la.com

High Tea and Other Sweet Treats

Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou’s celebrated high tea, desserts and pastries can be savoured at the hotel’s Lobby Lounge or at Café Mix on Level 1.  For enquiries and reservations, call (02) 9250 6000 or email dine.slsn@shangri-la.com.

For more information, visit Shangri-La hotel, Sydney’s Lobby Lounge website page or the hotel’s Facebook and Instagram accounts @shangrilasydney.

Executive Pastry Chef, Anna Polyviou

Since her arrival in 2013, Anna Polyviou has become renowned for her distinctive desserts and pastries at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.  Her innovative techniques have reinvented high tea and she helms a team of 11 pastry chefs who create delectable sweet treats for Café Mix, Lobby Lounge and functions at the hotel. Chef Anna Polyviou began her culinary career in 2000 by accepting an apprenticeship with The Sofitel Melbourne Hotel.  During this time, she won the “Apprentice in Victoria” competition run by Les Toques Blanc.  Her experience includes working in London for three years at Claridge’s and holding the position of Executive Pastry Chef at The Bathers Pavilion in Balmoral Beach for five years.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

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.

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