“I want people to say that the best is at Shangri-La,” says pastry chef Anna Polyviou, part of the Sweet Street chef collaboration taking place in the grand ballroom of the hotel next week. The event will showcase the best treats on offer at a street-inspired market from big-name chefs including Adriano Zumbo (Zumbo), Min Chuan Chai (N2 Extreme Gelato), Tim Clark (Cacao Lab, Melbourne), Kirsten Tibballs (Savour School, Melbourne) and Bernard Chu (LuxBite, Melbourne) alongside Polyviou.

“I’ve come into the hotel to shake things up a bit,” says Polyviou. “Hotels used to be the place to learn. They were doing everything; festivals, show pieces, big events. I want to bring that back and make it a food destination for everyone.”

With that in mind, Polyviou has drafted a who’s-who of her chef friends to host a sweet event. “We hang out and have fun,” says Polyviou of the collaboration. “There’s a bit of a fun, competitive edge. This is not marquee shit, and there are no demos, just lots of fun. There’s going to be a bit of a karaoke boombox feel, nitrogen and B-boys and girls.”

We’re told to watch out for chocolate gardens, prizes from KitchenAid and street art on the night. There’s even going to be a sneak peek on Instagram the day before, with a little glimpse of what we’re in for.

Sweet Street at Shangri-La Hotel will be on Wednesday August 13 5.30pm–9.30pm at Shangri-La, The Ballroom, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. Tickets $55 (inc. 10 food tokens). Bookings: (02) 9250 6247.

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