PUNK princess of pastry Anna Polyviou will use her first visit to Perth to immerse herself in the Swan Valley.
The pastry chef known for inventing an array of whimsical dessert masterpieces will work her magic at two events as part of Entwined in the Valley from November 4 to 6.
Polyviou, who headlines this year’s festival, said she was honoured to take part in an event that promoted supporting everything local.
“I’m quite honoured to be invited to be honest,” she said.
“I haven’t been over that way before and I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about Perth – the chefs, the suppliers, the winemakers and the cheese makers.
“I’m looking forward to learning from them; it’s something I’m really excited about.”
Taking part in the Entwined Degustation Dinner and Anna’s Mess Masterclass High Tea, Polyviou said guests could expect something completely “not normal” and some audience participation.
“I’m actually creating the death star (Anna’s Mess) for the high tea and we are going to get the audience involved tempering the chocolate and assembling it and then they will get to smash it as well,” the Masterchef mentor said.
“It’s important to encourage people to get involved, food brings everyone together.
“The Masterchef mentor added she hoped the foodie event would encourage people to embrace her cooking philosophy of just getting in the kitchen and having a go.For meAs long as people are giving it a go in the kitchen that’s all that matters to me, no matter what it is,” she said.
“Stick to local, stick to seasonal, cook simple, cook fresh and cook with the family – that’s what food is all about for me.”
Joining Polyviou for the festival are Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amusé, Kiren Mainwaring of Co-Op Dining and Michael Hartnell of Mandoon Estate and wine writer Ray Jordan.