Anna Polyviou

BarbeCURE® Ambassador

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Photo of our three BarbeCURE Ambassadors: Anna Polyviou, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel

About Anna

A chef like no other. She thinks beyond the boundaries and invents to inspire and amaze. As a creative director, she creates mind-blowing food experiences, taking fans on a magical journey and empowering them to have fun. Her big personality and magnetic energy make her a hit with any audience. She’s bold, bright and exceeds expectations, just like her hair.

Anna began her career at The Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne where she won the “Best Apprentice in Victoria” competition run by Les Toques Blanc and was awarded a scholarship to work anywhere in the world to further her cooking career.

She followed her dreams to London where she worked at Claridge’s Hotel, which was regularly awarded the best hotel in England. While in London, Anna also had the opportunity to work under two extraordinary pastry chefs: Miss Julie Sharp (UK’s best Pastry Chef, 2004) and Nick Paterson who was awarded the same prize two years later. Anna entered and won many competitions, including the Nadell Trophy (Dessert of the Year) and the Culinary Academy Award of Excellence for pastry, which took her to Paris to work with Chef Pierre Herme at Pierre Herme Patisserie at Rue Bonaparte.

On returning to Australia as Creative Director of Pastry at Shangri-La Hotel, Anna became a driving force behind the revolution of patisserie in hotels across the country. She created fun dessert activations at a sensational scale and her sell-out Dessert Degustation and high teas put the Shangri-La on the culinary map in Australia.

Anna is a regular presenter and host on network television in Australia. She appeared alongside Tom Parker Bowles and Matt Moran in the prime-time reality series Family Food Fight (Nine) and has appeared on MasterChef Australia (Ten), wowing the judges and stumping the contestants with her challenging and amazing desserts. She has also appeared on Everyday Gourmet, Studio Ten, My Market Kitchen, House of Wellness and The Living Room.

A colourful cookbook author, Anna launched her first book Sweet Street in May 2018 (Murdoch), and it sold out within weeks. Her second book Kids’ Corner (Bauer) was released in November 2019.

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