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Darren Purchese

"(Food) is everything! Food brings all cultures together, it can unite strangers and friends. I could talk food with anyone from anywhere, it is the great bridge to friendship, love and compassion." - Darren Purchese


Melbourne Celebrity Pastry Chef Darren Purchese of Burch and Purchese is joining in the food celebration that is this year's Feast for Freedom.

Darren on joining Feast for Freedom. "I have been working with the ASRC for a short time now and it has become infectious. I always feel a real sense of compassion, love and community when I get involved in their important projects and it makes me humble and more appreciative of the things I have in my life that we all take for granted. I am excited to combine my love of food and working with the ASRC - Oh! And picking up a few new recipes along the way is always a bonus."

Darren has gifted his family recipe for Rhubarb, Raspberry and Apple Crumble for people to cook as a part of this year's Feast. Refugee and Feast for Freedom hero cook Hamed Allahayri has also created a delicious Persian Ice Cream to serve with Darren's Apple Crumble recipe.

Hamed and Darren became fast friends when they recently met to collaborate on their special Feast for Freedom dessert, swapping recipes and cooking tips.

"Hamed is a warm, funny and generous guy and an extremely talented cook. Hamed came from Iran to Australia as a refugee and has overcome lots of hurdles along the way to open his own business. I have been learning about his inspiring story and delicious Persian cuisine and "discovering" few recipes along the way."

"Fruit crumbles were a favourite dessert in our family, warming and comforting and great with custard or ice cream. Fillings varied from homegrown berries and rhubarb to apples, peaches or pears, this dessert is easy and filling. Lots of happy memories", says Purchese.