Adriano Zumbo - Updated Feb 2024

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Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo is an Australian pâtissier as well as a chef. Adriano Zumbo is famous for his Croquembouche tower, V8 cake, and a fairytale house on MasterChef Australia. Moreover, he calls himself the “Sweet Assassin”, “Patissier of Pain”, “He Who Must Not Be Baked”, “the Dark Lord of the Pastry Kitchen” and “Lord Voldecake”.

Early Life and Education

Adriano Zumbo is 39 years old. He was born on  November 6, 1981, in Australia. His father’s name is Frank Zumbo and his mother’s name is Nancy Zumbo.

Similarly, his parents had a local IGA supermarket. He grew up with a sister named Rosalba Zumbo in Coonamble, New South Wales.

This place is 164 kilometers (102 mi) northwest of Dubbo. His birth sign is Scorpio.

Moreover, he belongs to the Australian nationality and ethnicity of Italian. He developed a sweet tooth and a keen business sense while growing up in the IGA supermarket owned by his parents.

Zumbo spent his early life in Italy. There, he learned to appreciate various types of coffee.

He reflects it in the coffee-inspired culinary items available in various patisseries that he owns around Sydney. While living there, he also developed an interest in business and culinary items.

Furthermore, after finishing school, he traveled to Sydney to start his pastry chef apprenticeship in 1997.

Likewise, he also worked under renowned culinary icons in Australia and France, including Ramon Morato and Pierre Hermé.


Caption: Adriano as a chef Pastry Wizard (Source: Business Insider)

Adriano Zumbo – Personal Life

Reflecting on his personal life, he is in a relationship. Adriano Zumbo is dating My Kitchen Rules contestant Nelly Riggio.

She is a dancer as well as a Flight Centre assistant manager in Brisbane. They started dating each other in December 2016 but they revealed their affair just in January 2017.

They are deeply in love and happy spending time with each other. Moreover, they celebrated their first anniversary in December 2017.


Source: Adriano with her girlfriend Nelly (Source: Now To Love)

Adriano Zumbo – Professional Life

Talking about Adriano Zumbo’s professional life,  he started his business by providing natively constructed tarts, biscuits, brownies, and banana bread to the local cafés in Sydney.

He then switched to selling goods to grower’s market and later he opened his first patisserie in Balmain in 2007.

As of 2017, Zumbo has ten patisseries in Sydney and Melbourne. Six of them are Balmain, Pyrmont, Rozelle, Chatswood, Waverley, Melbourne, and the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney’s CBD.

Zumbo’s company was placed in voluntary administration in August 2018, with plans for existing stores to continue to stay open.

TV appearances

Likewise, he has appeared in a six-part documentary television series Zumbo, featuring the daily routine of the chef at his Balmain kitchen business.

It aired on SBS One in the year 2011. Also, he has appeared in every season of Masterchef starting with setting a croquembouche challenge in season 1.

His fifth appearance in MasterChef 2010 challenged contestants to recreate his dish. The dish was raspberry-beetroot and black olive macaron “tower of terror”.

Within three days of the episode airing, Adrian had sold 5000 macarons at his Balmain shop, quadrupling the normal rate.

Masterchef also featured his vanilla V8 cake as a challenging dish in the 2010 season of Masterchef and has layers of vanilla glaze, crème chantilly, water gel, macaron, Brulee, chiffon, syrup, ganache, almond crunch, and almond dacquoise.

He created this cake in honor of Margaret Fulton’s 85th birthday and was named so for its eight textures of vanilla.

Later in June 2016, the same layered cake was listed as number 8 in Good Food’s 2016 top 10 cult desserts in Sydney.

In August 2016, he also co-hosted the Seven Network cooking series Zumbo’s Just Desserts with Rachel Khoo and Gigi Falanga, and in the 2018 Netflix series Sugar Rush, he is a judge alongside Candace Nelson.


Caption: Adriano going half-baked (Source: The Australian)

In 2011, he also released his first book, Zumbo: Adriano Zumbo’s fantastical kitchen of other-worldly delights.

Likewise, his next publications are Zumbo: Adriano (2012) Zumbarons: a fantasy land of macarons, Zumbo: Adriano (2015) The Zumbo files: unlocking the secrets of a master patissier. Murdoch Books (Sydney) published all these books.

‘Zumbo’ the TV show

Zumbo is an Australian observational documentary television series that follows a patissier at his Balmain, Sydney kitchen business.

This series premiered on 10 February 2011 and ran for 6 episodes. The series was screened on SBS One Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Furthermore, he is well-known for his signature dish, which is the macaron.

The first episode featured the lead-up to ‘Macaron Day’, as the kitchen pumps out close to 30,000 multicolored macarons.

In episode 2, they focused on the preparation of his new Summer Collection. It is a range of new creations presented at a runway show.

Similarly, in Episode 3 they featured him returning to his hometown, Coonamble. He went back to help cater for one of the biggest events of the year, which was his father’s 70th birthday.

Adriano Zumbo – Scandals

There were rumors that in 2017, A Current Affair featured accusations that Adriano Zumbo underpaid his staff.

But later he confirmed that the business was back-paying staff due to payroll errors. However, there are no notable rumors or controversies regarding his personal as well as professional life currently.

Body Measurements

Zumbo seems fairly tall, though there is no information about his body measurement. In addition, to define the look he has dark brown eyes and he prefers to keep a bald hairstyle.

Adriano Zumbo – Net Worth 2023

Though he has earned a decent sum of money through his hard work and dedication to work, his net worth and salary are still under review.

Social Media

Adriano Zumbo is socially active on media sites like Twitter, and Instagram. He does not have a Facebook account.

He has accompanied a great fan following. Likewise, he has 295k followers on Instagram with 1280 posts as of October 2020.

Similarly, he also has 4.73k followers on his Instagram page and 53.4k on his Twitter, which he joined in July 2009.