Kirsten Tibballs is one of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally respected pastry chefs and chocolatiers. She is a former manager and member of The Australian Pastry Team. Kirsten represented Australia at the World Pastry Championships in Las Vegas where she was recognised as the best in the world for her handmade chocolates, as well as wining gold in the Pastry Olympics in Germany. Recently, Kirsten has judged the World Chocolate Masters in Paris and The Patisserie Grand Prix in Japan.
To transfer her knowledge to other passionate foodie’s and professional chefs in Australia, Kirsten established the Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School in Melbourne in 2002. The school has recently relocated to a larger, state of the art facility in Brunswick and plays host to renowned international chefs each year. Savour is in fact the only cooking school in Australia that is solely dedicated to teaching the art of chocolate and patisserie. Many of the school’s students have gone on to open their own boutique chocolate shops and patisseries around the world.
Kirsten has a large media presence in Australia making regular appearances on several television shows, including a guest judge on Masterchef. She is also the Australian Ambassador for leading chocolate manufacturer Callebaut (a rare honour as there are only 24 in the world). In this role she regularly travels throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific demonstrating, and also visits the major cocoa plantations around the world to continually update her knowledge.