Introducing the Australian Legends of Cooking… and a Competition!

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Five legends of Australian cooking have been given the honour of being immortalised on a postage stamp as the recipients of the 2014 Australia Post Legends Award. These Legends of Cooking have been recognised for their influence over Australia’s food culture and the visionary role each have played in shaping Australia’s palate and laying the foundations of our gastronomic success.


And the winners? Industry greats including Margaret Fulton, Maggie Beer, Stephanie Alexander, Neil Perry and Kylie Kwong. The high profile kitchens have long been male-dominated so I was pleased to see the winners were mostly women!


Australia Post has kindly given me some Legends of Cooking product to give away to my readers! Enter below to win one of 20 gift packs (total RRP $580) which include the Legends of Cooking prestige book, the Legends of Cooking stamp set, complete set of 5 maxi cards (postcards) and first day covers (collector’s item).


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*Sorry this competition is open to residents of Australia only

Good luck!


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  1. Alison says

    What an exciting competition! Hmm.. aside from following your delicious cupcakes, I probably like Maggie Beer as a chef (I love her icecreams too!)

    • Helen Fernee says

      Margaret Fulton OAM
      Is My Longtime Favourite Chef
      Globally Known
      With Exciting ideas and Cookbooks
      She’s Definitely in a ” Class of her Own ! “

  2. Caroline says

    I am a huge fan of Bill Granger (not featured) because of his simple no-fuss approach to cooking, but next to him, Kylie Kwong is my favourite. I especially love her support of sustainable, natural, local produce.

  3. Kim says

    I love Margaret Fulton, she helped my Mum cook all the food for parties when I was a kid, and when I was a bit older she helped teach me to cook, I still have her cookbooks!

  4. LisaJohnston says

    Some of my very favourites here; Kylie, Maggie and Margaret. What a great celebration of some true Australian talent.

  5. LisaJohnston says

    My very favourite is Kylie. She is innovative, smart and down to earth. I have a lot of admiration for her talent.

  6. Nicola James says

    Margaret Fulton’s cooking books taught me how to cook back in the 70s, great recipes that the family still love. I still have all the books looking very ratty and worn nowadays!

  7. Tennille says

    Maggie Beer is definitely my favourite Aussie chef! She is amazing in all aspects, not just as a chef, but as a person. Down to earth and homely

  8. sharron smith says

    Margarte Fulton was is and always will be she taught me who was hopeless to now being able to serve a party of 72 and no complaints

  9. Lynne lillington says

    Maggie beer, She cooks likes my nana did, and gives me the inspiration to adapt recipes and push the boundaries.

  10. Scotty says

    Maggie Beer is definitely my favourite Aussie chef because her meals are always down to earth and able to be made by the average person at home. Plus she always uses and is a great supporter of Australian produce.

  11. Antonietta says

    Guy Grossi, being a lover of fine Italian dining, he’s my favourite, from traditional to modern and a fusion of both, a fabulous chef :)

    • Catrina Murray says

      Ooh he may not be classes as Aussie! Whoops…….ok, definitely has to be Donna Hay for the stunning publications she produces! I wish my food would look that good!

  12. Louise says

    I love Margaret Fulton she is an Aussie Icon in the kitchen and with her cookbook it taught me how to cook with simple recipes with ingredients you may already have in the cupboard

  13. Miss A says

    Margaret Fulton’s cookbooks were used by Mum and I read and learned to cook from them, so I give thanks to Margaret for my cooking skills today

  14. Bianca says

    Margaret Fulton … We love Bessemer and have been using it for three generations .. Great products makes great food

  15. Cocoa Loco says

    My favourite Aussie chef would be George Calombaris, he just seems like a cool guy and he has some really fab recipes that aren’t OTT and manageable for most people to make without fuss. But from the list above I have to say Margaret Fulton – her Orange and Blueberry cake is divine.

  16. ScubaSteve says

    Neil Perry because he helped me impress my better half. His Chocolate Cake recipe was an absolute winner and the Aged Beef with Spinach Puree & Horseradish dish is a must try.

  17. Melissa Krohn says

    MATT MORAN, After his struggles with losing his family and everything he has made a comeback. Best thing he could do for himself! What an inspiration!

  18. Amanda Gorham says

    As it is Australia Day Eve as I write this comment I will claim Manu as Australian- I love the way he speaks and I have actually tasted his Creme Brulee at his bistro in Sydney L’étoile. I love his face and the way he walks. I Love him very much!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Marty says

    My wife and I enjoy Maggie Beer recipes. We are quite often working together in the kitchen preparing dishes for our dinner guests.

  20. Nicole C says

    Maggie Beer! She is an amazing chef who always cooks from her heart! Delicious homely food and she has so many ways to use, store and cook fresh ingredients! I learnt to cook watching her on tv and reading her books!

  21. kaz reimann says

    I adore Luke Nguyen – his passion for his culture and incredible zest for life and all things food make him incredibly likeable and a worthy role model..

  22. Jenny says

    I love Poh and Peter Russell Clarke for their enthusiasm and love of cooking. For recipes that I love and cook at home, Margaret Fulton and Gabriel Gaté. I use their cooking books over and over again.

  23. Julia Mason says

    I love Poh Ling Yeow! She is just so fun and unique, and I really like her cooking! Plus she has a beautiful soul!

  24. Kirsten W says

    Stephanie Alexander. She is inspirational, her recipes sensational and they are easy to replicate. Her not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a wonderful legacy.

  25. Laura Scriven says

    Matt Moran is his classical ideas,
    He has no kitchen fears.
    Always breaking out new things,
    And it looks so bling!

  26. Belinda Bann says

    Margaret Fulton…loved by 3 generations of my family her cookbooks have been handed down like treasured family heirlooms! Margaret’s a true legend…real recipes for real families!

  27. Mandy says

    My favourite Aussie chef is my Mum! But if we are talking celebrity chef, then I’d choose Neil Perry. I love his fresh, modern style.

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