One of Australia’s most acclaimed pastry chefs and chocolatiers, Tim Clark, will join Insignia’s Azure Seas voyage this May. Chef Clark will be aboard the voyage beginning in Auckland on May 19, 2016 and will share some of the secrets to his delectable desserts during special cooking demonstrations. The Grand Dining Room will also feature an array of his impressive pastry creations during dinner.
Chef Clark, the co-owner of Cacao, an award-winning artisan chocolatier and pâtisserie in Melbourne, honed his skills through extensive training abroad. He initially worked with Hubert Retzbach, one of Germany’s most renowned chefs, at his acclaimed Michelin star restaurant Zirbelstube. Chef Clark later became Executive Pastry Chef with Silversea Cruises, a member of the Relais & Châteaux group. He has competed locally and internationally at a number of prestigious industry competitions and has produced show-stopping cakes for the likes of Nelson Mandela, Rachel Griffiths and Buzz Aldrin. In 2004, Chef Clark was crowned Australia’s first ever Callebaut Chocolate Master. He later went on to represent Australia at the World Chocolate Masters in Paris, scoring impressively and gaining the admiration of some of France’s top chefs with his creative chocolate work.
Chef Clark’s expertise has also been called on for a variety of high-profile collaborations, including creating a chocolate version of fashion designer Leona Edmiston’s spring dress range. He is also a regular presenter at the annual Cake Bake and Sweets Show in both Melbourne and Sydney, the largest annual event of its kind in Australia. His creations have been featured at the Australian Open’s Taste of Tennis event and, most recently, he was commissioned by Tourism Victoria to craft a three-meter-long edible chocolate garden for Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants awards night. Chef Clark now spends much of his time working with and mentoring the team of chefs at Cacao, leading them to deliver the best in new and innovative éclairs, chocolates, pastries and macarons.
Join Insignia’s Azure Seas voyage this May for a sweet taste of Down Under!