Our journey since 2011
Just a hop and skip from the iconic South Yarra intersection of Toorak Road and Chapel Street you'll find Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio.
In ten years B&P has become an institution, a Melbourne original and is the work of husband and wife team Darren Purchese & Cath Claringbold.
Loved and trusted for Darren's decadent desserts and cakes made daily, and for his painstakingly handmade creations including small batch jams and spreads (try B&P's famous Salted Caramel Spread lollipops, confectionery and chocolate. They are so dedicated to their craft they even have their own bee hives.
In recent times B&P have moved their delicious offering purely online. This has allowed Darren to create a larger menu with zero waste and their Drive Through Service at the rear of the store makes collection a breeze. You can call from your car and one of the team will bring your beautifully boxed order out to you.
They are constantly adding new things to their range and the newest arrivals include their scrumptious dessert pots, incredible Basque cheesecake with a lemon curd layer and stunning Pommery Champagne.
B&P's online store offers irresistible deliciousness. Whether it's something for you, for home, or a beautifully boxed gift for friends or family, whose day would be brightened by a thoughtful delivery?
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio & kitchen is situated on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We acknowledge them as the traditional custodians of the land, and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging.
About Darren Purchese
It was love that brought the British-born Darren to Australia. And maybe fate played a hand too.
Darren was already a renowned pastry chef working in prestigious kitchens across England and France when in 2004, he was invited to appear at a Brisbane Masterclass Weekend. It was his first ever visit to Australia...and the first time he met his future wife and partner in B&P, Melbourne chef and restaurateur, Cath Claringbold.
A year later, Darren was here to stay.
He worked as a pastry chef at iconic Australian restaurants, Vue de monde in Melbourne and Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House among then, before opening Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in 2011
Since then Darren has become a fixture on must-see-TV - Masterchef, and the author of five books - Sweet Studio, The Art of Divine Desserts, Lamingtons & Lemon Tart , Chefs Eat Toasties Too, Chefs Host Christmas Too and Chefs Eat Breakfast Too.
But don't let that those savoury titles fool you: Darren sweet tooth and wild imagination are forever. Like any great love.
Making cakes & desserts is my absolute passion. I love making people happy and helping them make sweet memories through my work
Founder: Darren Purchese
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