In 2008 Christopher Thé opened his own boutique patisserie, Black Star Pastry, in Newtown, which has flourished and garnered critical praise locally and internationally. Chris is driven by a taste-up philosophy of food design, rather than appearance, and this can be experienced in every piece of deliciousness BlackStar creates.
We work the old fashioned way, handmade with love and integrity. We strive to capture the beauty contained in nature, and bring it to you with as little tinkering as possible. We source our own produce from market so that we get only the best quality and are in tune with the seasons. We will not use flavourings, dyes or anything unnatural in our food. We want you to taste immediacy, freshness and life.
BlackStar has become famous for its Strawberry Watermelon Cake – the most photographed cake of Australia (if not the world) – but regularly releases new savoury and sweet specials. Our slow-cooked Lamb Shank and Red Wine has won multiple best pie awards.
About Christopher Thé
Born in 1972 in Haberfield, Chris Thé has lived in Sydney all his life. To pay his way through university Chris worked as a kitchen hand and even as he was completing degree in psychology at Sydney University he knew his path lay in cooking and worked his way up to become pastry chef at Bel Mondo, Claude’s and Quay restaurant.
After a career in commercial cookery working at Claude’s and Bel Mondo, in 2008 Christopher Thé opened his own boutique patisserie in Newtown, Sydney, which has flourished and garnered critical praise.
Chris is driven by a taste-up philosophy of food design rather than appearances and this can be tasted in every piece of deliciousness he creates.
Best Hot Cross Bun in Sydney - Time Out Sydney 2017
Royal Agricultural Society Awards 2017
Croissant - Gold Award
Goats Cheese and Leek Quiche - Gold Award
Orange Cake with Cream Cheese and Persian Figs - Silver Award
Lamb and Red Wine Pie - Silver Award
Sourdough Loaf - Bronze Award
Sustainable Leadership - Business Environmental Awards 2016
Inner West Small Business Awards 2016
Business Of The Year - Inner West Local Business Awards 2016
Outstanding Bakery - Inner West Local Business Awards 2016
Best Sweet Treat - Time Out Magazine 2016
Best Hot Cross Buns “Ever” - Sydney Morning Herald 2016
Australia Small Business Champion - Best Bakery 2016
Two Cups - Good Food Guide 2015
Dish of the year - best pie - Lamb Pie - Meat Live Stock AUST 2015
Outstanding Bakery - Inner West Local Business Awards 2015
Inner West Small Business Awards 2015
Best Pie in Australia - Food Service Magazine 2014
Outstanding Bakery - Inner West Local Business Awards 2013
Best Pie in Australia - Food Service Magazine 2013
Gold Cafe Guide Award - 2 Cups - Sydney Morning Herald 2013
Good Food Under $30.00 Award - Sydney Morning Herald 2013
Best Sweet Spot- SMH Good Food under $30 Awards 2013
Outstanding Bakery - Inner West Local Business Awards 2012
Inner West Business Awards 2012/2013- Most Outstanding Bakery/Café Shop
Best patisserie café – SMH Good Café Guide 2011
“50 things every Sydney food lover should try” Award - Chocolate Eclair - Sydney Morning Herald 2012
No 1. Meat Pie – SMH Sydney Magazine July 2011
No 1. Patisserie – Time Out Magazine 2011
Best Cheap Eat – Time Out Magazine 2010