Cook, Author, TV host, Philanthropist
Creating fabulous food is undoubtedly Maggie Beer’s calling, but it took until she was 34 before she answered it. The growth and success of her business
Is this the life you imagined for yourself?
I never imagined this life. It crept up on me and I often
It was through total necessity that I started cooking for others. We had been living in the Barossa Valley for 6 years and used to sell pheasants from our farm shop but no one knew how to cook them without spoiling them. I started to cook everything that we grew: it was organic in the true sense of the word. There was never a plan other than to immerse myself in what I had around me. I have no formal training but I have an instinct, I understand food.
There has been a lot of luck in my life.
What did you think you might like to do?
I spent many years feeling I failed by not going to University and finishing my education. I had to leave school at 14 because my parents lost their business and my brother and I
Which women have had the greatest influence on you?
My mother had the most joy in every day I inherited that. My
I have been so lucky with the women in my life. When I was a house manager at the Women’s College in Sydney the Principal, Doreen Langley, encouraged and believed in me. After retiring at
In my mid 20’s I trained as
When has life given you lemons?
When at times my children have had
How does your sisterhood support you?
I have 3 close friends from school days. It doesn’t matter whether we haven’t seen each other for a year, we swing back into it.
Sometimes it’s impossible to separate work and friends. I have had the love, respect and friendship of my Marketing and Sales Director Sarah for 13 years.
I am also part of a choir in the Barossa Valley that has been together for more than ten years. Every Wednesday night at my house we gather to sing. We all have such busy lives but it’s the grounding of our week and I rarely miss it. Where possible my book tours and filming of shows are scheduled around it. There is such joy in singing, fellowship and a real closeness that has developed between the women. When something happens to someone in the group there is a surrounding without intrusion and it’s through song. It’s strong and special. I try, honestly try so hard to
What mark would you like to leave?
To make a difference so that beautiful food can be accessible to everyone – none more so than those who don’t have the choice to look after themselves. Particularly those in aged care but right through society. Good food gives physical and emotional well-being. My cooking is about what’s to hand but it has evolved I am now learning about the science of why it’s so important. It has changed my life to some degree.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
That I’m very sentimental and I LOVE
Favourite Lipstick colour?
I am a lipstick girl. I do not feel dressed without lipstick. It’s funny that my favourite lipstick happens to be
Maggie’s Recipes for Life has just been released. $39.99 with all proceeds donated to the Maggie Beer Foundation. www.maggiebeerfoundation.com.au
To buy a copy of the book online visit Maggie’s website www.maggiebeer.com.au