Noosa’s newest iconic patisserie opens

Dora Kovacs at the opening of Noosa’s newest iconic patisserie, Sweet Story.

By Abbey Cannan

Noosa’s newest iconic patisserie has officially opened at Noosa Village Shopping Centre and the business, Sweet Story, began just as the name suggests, with a line of customers out the door and their cakes selling out.

Since she was a tiny girl, Dora Kovacs knew her calling. For the past 10 years Dora has worked as a pastry chef in Melbourne, baking with love for several European-style restaurants and cafes to finesse her skills in Greek, Italian and French desserts.

Dora relocated to the Sunshine Coast with her partner a year ago just as the pandemic began and she began her own cake business, which led to a decision to open a store and dedicate her day to her creations.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I was always obsessed with baking and creating in the kitchen with my mum and nan. They were my first teachers and now I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, fresh ingredients and flavour combinations,” Dora said.

“I believe that baking is about expressing your imagination and sharing your love with others, so I bake with my heart and soul, putting all my good vibes into my cakes. That’s the secret ingredient in my desserts.”

Dora’s business partner, Tibor Kegye has more than 25 years’ experience in food service and is equally excited to open their boutique cake shop in the busy retail centre.

“My career began studying at a prestigious hospitality and tourism college in Budapest, where we had to learn most subjects in multiple languages, including German, English and Hungarian, and I had summer placements in historical hotels, restaurants and patisseries throughout Europe,” Tibor said.

“I have since worked for hotels, resorts, cruise ships and cafes across the world – you name it.

“I especially love coffee, so for the last 12 years I’ve worked as a barista and trained others in the skill. The chance to work with Dora is a dream come true, and we are determined to become a destination for the very best coffee, cakes and desserts – we hope everyone will come and try us, most especially the lovers amongst us of quality baking and coffee that Europe is famous for.”

Sweet Story can also create gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free desserts and is a participant in the My Coffee Counts program, a coffee loyalty program that offers customers the opportunity to redeem or donate the value of a free coffee to local charities.

Find them at Noosa Village Shopping Centre at the corner of Gibson Road and Mary Street, Noosaville.