August 13, 2016 4 min read

Australia’s Brownie Pioneer Co- Founder Bien Peralta wins Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Person of the Year.

  •  After starting the business 10 years ago with a single Brownie, Dello Mano is a Brisbane based business success story responsible for the Australian Brownie Revolution
  • Bien Peralta co-founder of Dello Mano this year has won the coveted Lord Mayors Multicultural Business Person of the year
  • Dello Mano’s world famous Brownies have been enjoyed by Hollywood Celebs, World Politicians, Presidents, and people all over the world.
  • The family run Brisbane business is proud to be Brisbane based and now employs 25 people.

 Brisbane,15 August 2016 – Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Lord Mayors Multicultural Awards night, a crowd of 500, gathered at the Town Hall for the announcement of this year’s winners. The Lord Mayor’s awards celebrates the success of migrants that have come to Brisbane, and developed successful businesses.  

Lord Mayors Multicultural Awards

Lord Mayors Multicultural Awards - 10th Anniversary 

(Photo courtesy of Lord Mayors Office)

 Bien Peralta co-founder of Dello Mano Luxury Brownies, this year won the coveted Lord Mayors Multicultural Business Person of the year. “The award is an honour and recognition of the opportunity Brisbane offers to all businesses, especially celebrating those that have made an immigraton journey to this beautiful country. We’re so proud to have worked hard to contribute to the prosperity of Brisbane and equally grateful for all the support and opportunity given to us” said Bien Peralta.

Deborah & Bien Peralta celebrate the Award.

Lord Mayor's Multicultural Awards dinner venue at the Town Hall

Always a magestic ambience at the Brisbane Town Hall

(Images courtesy of Lord Mayors Office)

Dello Mano innovated Brownies back in 2006 and launched the Original Luxury Brownie. Based on years of research the recipe was developed by Bien’s wife Deb, formerly a Food Scientist who set out to morph a chocolate with the much forgotten brownie. In doing so, the couple sparked the Australian Brownie Revolution.

 “We revolutionised Brownies, with new innovative recipes, beautiful packaging and a gift service that was bespoke. In those days it was all about cup cakes and macarons so we had a very long journey to establish Brownies in the Australian Market.” Says Bien Peralta.

 Dello Mano started with a single Luxury Brownie, the Classic Belgian Chocolate variety and literally started selling one brownie at a time at the Brisbane, Jan Powers Farmers Market. “The whole Brownie concept was so new for people, it took a while for us to really establish ourselves” says Bien Peralta. But passion and perseverance paid off and slowly but surely the Brownie business grew. Wiped out in the 2011 floods, the Peraltas rebuilt the business and now have two stores in Tattersalls Arcade in Brisbane and one at Teneriffe. Dello Mano employs 25 people and has an online business

Bien Peralta came to Australia in 1976. Born in the Philippines, the then 10 year old embarked on an exciting journey and with his family set about making Brisbane his home. “When we arrived in 76, our family thought that Brisbane was a little piece of heaven. To this day we’re so grateful for the opportunity that Brisbane and Australia has given to our family. We cherish our Australian life to this day”.  

 Bien studied in Brisbane before moving to Melbourne in 1993 to work with a multinational food corporation. The sunshine, beaches and the firm belief that Brisbane was a city of opportunity, all conspired to lure him and his family back to the Sunshine State. Several years later he and his wife Deborah launched Dello Mano.

Since launching the Australian Brownie innovation and now a Brisbane institution, Dello Mano has become synonymous with the finest quality Brownies and later cakes, famous for using the highest calibre of ingredients and, as the translation of the name suggests[1], creating each masterpiece by hand. Celebrating food as art, Dello Mano proudly endorses creativity and the humanity of food.


For the full range of Dello Mano products and services please visit or call Bien on 0414 539 349 or the office on  1300 661 682.


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Notes to editors


About Dello Mano

  • Founded by Deborah and Bien Peralta in Brisbane, the creative duo pioneered the Australian brownie revolution back in 2006. Their fascination and commitment to the brownie were the driving force behind the pair eventually giving up their corporate day jobs and starting on the journey to what Dello Mano is today
  • Inspired by a trip to Rome, Deborah and Bien commenced operation with the ambition to create the best brownies, packed elegantly for customers to enjoy a slice of the Dello Mano love and passion
  • Since the Dello Mano brownie was born, the duo have gone on to build a range of beloved handmade products including large cakes, tarts, fudge and truffles


About Bien Peralta

  • Bien immigrated to Australia in 1976 from the Philippines
  • Bien has a Bachelor of Business – Griffith University
  • He lives in the western suburbs of Brisbane with is wife, Deborah and two teenage daughters
  • He co-founded Dello Mano in 2006 with his wife Deborah.



About the ingredients

  • Dello Mano’s artisinal luxury brownies are handmade from excellent quality ingredients;
    • Real chocolate: Dello Mano believe that brownies made with real chocolate, not cocoa, are superior. Thus, each and every brownie is made with Belgian chocolate in order to deliver the best flavour profile
    • Egg quality: From the very beginning Dello Mano have sourced free range eggs directly from the farmer. That is, the eggs are delivered directly from the farm to the kitchen
    • Fresh dairy: Artisinal brownies are made with the freshest dairy produce, including real butter and cream
    • No preservatives or additives: Dello Mano believe preservatives and additives should definitely be exempt from any brownie recipe


About the future

  • Deborah and Bien will continue to deliver the highest quality, hand made products to the people of Brisbane, Australia and beyond. The business will grow and aims to showcase the amazing city of Brisbane.


[1] ‘Dello Mano’ translates to ‘by the hand’

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