The Bread & Butter Project partners with Tommy Pham
The Bread & Butter Project has proudly partnered with Tommy Pham to bring his fusion “Banh Mi Danish” to Sydney following its rave reviews on this season’s Masterchef series.
Tommy Pham’s “bánh mì danish” is definitely not your average bánh mì. When he presented it to the judges during MasterChef’s 2021 series, he was understandably nervous about how they would react. Bánh mì is a wildly popular Vietnamese street food classic and his ambitious reinvention looked like it was really pushing the boundaries.
Luckily, the bánh mì danish had the judges raving and has set the stage for The Bread & Butter Project’s latest collaboration, which involves developing the danish for wider distribution.
What is “Banh Mi Danish” you ask?
Tommy’s fabulously flaky fusion treats are based on a clever combination of traditional bánh mì ingredients like rare roast beef, chili, coriander and spring onion mixed skilfully together with inventive extras like Swiss Brown mushroom pate and truffle oil infused butter. Ribbons of cucumber, carrot and daikon are layered on top to provide a pleasing crunch factor.
And vegetarians will be excited to hear they’re not being left behind. A lemongrass infused oyster mushroom bánh mì danish is also be available for order.
Masterchef judges rave about the Banh Mi Danish
The verdict of the MasterChef judges was unanimous – Tommy had clearly nailed the challenge with this one. “Fantastic”, “extraordinary cooking” and “I couldn’t fault any of it” were among the accolades he got from judges Mel, Jock and Kate. Working in the kitchens of Melbourne’s Lune Croissanterie, the pastry-based treat was an instant hit and provided lots of promise for what was to come
As an Aussie with Vietnamese heritage and some impressive bakery credentials under his belt, Tommy is deservedly proud of his latest culinary achievement. While growing up, he worked alongside his mum in a bakery before going on to develop his cooking skills and becoming an accomplished cook.
The bánh mì danish project is just one of the things keeping Tommy busy at the moment. He’s also planning another exciting venture – Salt Sugar Mam which will involve bringing his signature dishes to homes and workplaces via catering, food stalls and private dining experiences.
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