Internationally respected pastry chef and chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs might be Australia’s Queen of Chocolate, but her real dream is to make brownies for American rapper Snoop Dogg. Aspiring cooks can learn Kirsten’s tricks in her new online cooking classes with 350 tutorials and weekly downloadable recipes.
Savour Online Cooking Classes
Someone who knows how to impress especially when it comes to desserts is Australia’s Queen of Chocolate, Kirsten Tibballs. As the owner of the world-renowned Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School, Kirsten has been busy creating recipes that are sure to wow without the fuss. With something for everyone, the Savour online classes have been designed to appeal to all skills sets, from complete beginners to seasoned professionals, and everyone in between.
“International audiences make up more than half of our growing subscribers in Savour Online Classes. Our subscribers are placed all the way from the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia and here in Australia and we love that we can share our recipes to a global audience,” says Kirsten.
‘The demand for tart-based recipes and cookie recipes has really boomed within the last twelve months amongst our community of followers. Chunky cookies and inventive tarts are at the height of trend, so it is not surprising to see these categories become some of our most viewed tutorials in Savour Online Classes.’
Kirsten delivers a new online cooking class every week to a virtual classroom of students of avid home cooks and bakers. The online classes include over 350 video tutorials, with a new class released on a weekly basis and each including a downloadable recipe.
8 things you didn’t know about Kirsten Tibbalis, Australia’s Queen of Chocolate
What else don’t you know about Kirsten, a woman who has dedicated her 30-year career to chocolate and pastry work to become Australia’s Queen of Chocolate?
Well, she once made a cake using a cup of bi-carb soda instead of flour, and while she spends much of her day cooking with more chocolate than the rest of us can dream about, it’s a big bowl of pasta that is her real comfort food.
Sweet treats from Kirsten Tibballs
8 questions for Australia’s Queen of Chocolate Kirsten Tibbalis
When did you first know you wanted to be Australia’s Queen of Chocolate?
I initially undertook a chef’s apprentice because I always loved to cook, but it was then that I quickly realised that patisserie and chocolate would be a better career path for me.
What was your favourite sweet treat as a child?
Golden syrup dumplings – perfect with a scoop of ice cream!
Did your mother’s cooking influence your culinary career?
Yes, my mother had a huge influence on my love for chocolate and desserts. I have fond memories of seeing mum in the kitchen when I was growing up, creating different dishes for our family. She used to make chocolates and I loved watching her in the kitchen creating them from scratch. There’s nothing better than indulging on chocolate that has been created by someone you love.
What is the hardest dish you have made?
One of the hardest recipes I have created was the ‘Trio of Fruits’ for the MasterChef Australia finale last year. Given it was a finale dessert, it was designed to be challenging, and if you watched the finale, you’d understand what I mean! The dessert was comprised of three individual petit gateaux disguised as a mandarin, apple and pear, each made of a chocolate shell filled with layers, such as jelly and ganache. Not only did I want to emulate the physical appearance of each fruit, but I also wanted the trio to taste exactly like the fruits they replicated.
Tropical tarts made by Kirsten Tibballs
Your biggest kitchen disaster was…
I’m reminiscing about my childhood but the first sweet creation I ever made with my best friend at the time was a total disaster! We were around eight years old, and instead of using a cup of flour, we added a cup of bi-carb soda, which resulted in a cake that exploded and a strained relationship with her mother. Luckily, I persisted!
If you could sit down to a three-course meal inspired by chocolate, what would be on the menu?
A liquid centre chocolate pudding, chocolate soufflé and a chocolate caramel tart.
Your favourite comfort food is?
Pasta! I love making homemade pasta with my son.
Kirsten Tibballs is Australia’s Queen of Chocolate
Which film star would this Australian Queen of Chocolate like to cook for and what would be the dish?
Snoop Dogg and I would have to make him chocolate brownies!
Feel like making chocolate brownies? Here is a recipe for the most delicious choc caramel brownies you’ll ever eat!