Australia’s singing cook, Michelle Pearson turns up the heat in her award-winning musical food cabaret. Featuring a live rock-pop-powered soundtrack, Just Desserts explores empowerment, social pressure, our obsession with perfection and desire through song, sex and sugar. Michelle spoke with The Fountain about what influenced the show as well as her tips for first time performers.

TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?  

I’m so excited to return to the Edinburgh Fringe with my new show Just Desserts as well as the popular Comfort Food Cabaret which we performed in Edinburgh last year. I love Edinburgh!

TF: Just Desserts certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? 

Just Desserts isn’t all sweet and not all about sugar – in fact it very much delves into issues of our time like empowerment, body image, excessive consumption and social media. Throughout the show we serve desserts that I’ve created that relate to the subject matter. It’s delicious but has a strong message.

TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie? 

For Just Desserts I was very much inspired by my own experiences in the music industry and by what I have seen growing up. I’ve been quite bothered by some of the things I’ve seen on social media, by society’s obsession with beauty and perfection and I think that most people want everything immediately – we want it all. I’m a cook by trade as well as a singer and these two roles I find to be very empowering and have the ability to move people through music and food. The combination of the subject matters, dessert and live music has been really well received. 

TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?

This is my second time at the Edinburgh Fringe as we presented Comfort Food Cabaret last year. My tips would be to make sure you’re organised and be prepared for some hard work.  Have fun but don’t party too hard – it’s a marathon and not a sprint.

 TF: And what are your future plans beyond Just Desserts

After winning Best Cabaret and the Made in Adelaide Award for Just Desserts this year at the Adelaide Fringe Festival we have had a few touring opportunities come up that may take us around Australia and Europe. Both of my musical cooking cabaret shows have tours booked for the year and there will definitely be big seasons coming up in the future. We’re also looking to release my second cookbook after the success of the first one. 

You can see Just Desserts at Underbelly, Cowgate from 1st – 11th August at 10:40pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com