Introducing the Australian Legends of Cooking… and a Competition!

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

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  • Reply Alison January 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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

    • Reply Helen Fernee January 29, 2014 at 8:07 am

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

  • Reply Caroline January 18, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    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.

  • Reply Kim January 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    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!

  • Reply Deepa@onesmallpot January 18, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I really admire Maggie Beer for her warm, encouraging nature and fail-proof, classic recipes.

  • Reply S Armstrong January 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Maggie Beer, her recipes are yum and she is so friendly and down to earth

  • Reply LisaJohnston January 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm

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

  • Reply LisaJohnston January 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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

  • Reply Nicola James January 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    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!

  • Reply Fiona January 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I love Kylie Kwong, her cooking is just delicious sprinkled with her heritage!

  • Reply milkteaxx January 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    maggie beer is amazing and she has beer as a last name ;)!

  • Reply Tennille January 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    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

  • Reply Abby Lee January 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Neil Perry as, having been lucky enough to visit one of his restaurants, his food is amazing!

  • Reply sharron smith January 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    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

  • Reply Narelle Rock January 22, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Maggie Beer because she creates amazing recipes that everyday cooks can make at home.

  • Reply AmberB January 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Kylie Kwong. She introduced me to Asian cooking, and now I can’t get enough!

  • Reply celine January 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Maggie Beer – I love that what she cooks is beautiful, simple, wholesome food

  • Reply Michelle V January 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Margaret Fulton, because I like her recipes and the fact that most of them aren’t too complicated.

  • Reply Lynne lillington January 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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

  • Reply Scotty January 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jennie D January 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    MAGGIE BEER. She’s like comfort food.

  • Reply Amanda Gorton January 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Manu Feildel – It’s the French accent!

  • Reply Antonietta January 23, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    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 :)

  • Reply Catrina Murray January 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Manu because his accent just does it for me!

    • Reply Catrina Murray January 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      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!

  • Reply eamond tomaszewski January 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I miss Peter Russell-Clarke!

  • Reply Belinda Moxey January 23, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I love Kylie Kwong, I think she creates amazing fusion food

  • Reply Louise January 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    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

  • Reply Miss A January 24, 2014 at 12:45 am

    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

  • Reply Bianca January 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

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

  • Reply Cocoa Loco January 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    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.

  • Reply ScubaSteve January 24, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    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.

  • Reply Melissa Krohn January 25, 2014 at 10:23 am

    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!

  • Reply Jocelyn R January 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Maggie Beer – I love the way she makes simple things gourmet. I have been to visit her place in South Australia and the fare is truly to die for!

  • Reply Amanda Gorham January 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    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!

  • Reply Marty January 26, 2014 at 2:01 pm

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

  • Reply Nicole C January 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    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!

  • Reply Helen January 27, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Donna Hay was my first inspiration – reliable delicious recipes and all of that beautiful food photography!

  • Reply Roberto Colombi January 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Curtis Stone – I model myself on his cooking style and persona – I have an ‘Art of Stone’!

  • Reply kaz reimann January 27, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    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..

  • Reply Jenny January 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

    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.

  • Reply Julia Mason January 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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

  • Reply Barbara Fehmel January 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    “pete Evans, he is so good looking and is lovely on MKR AND can he cook.

  • Reply tracy wedding January 29, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Maggie Beer she is just so homely and comforting

  • Reply Kirsten W January 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    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.

  • Reply Nicole Morris January 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Maggie Beer. i love her homely style

  • Reply Sophie January 30, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I love Maggie Beer – her promotion of the Barossa and South Australian products is just amazing!

  • Reply Laura Scriven January 31, 2014 at 8:10 am

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

  • Reply L Conroy January 31, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Manu Fidel is the best chef, I don’t know what he cooks best, but when he speaks, my interest peaks

  • Reply nicole larsen January 31, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Maggie Beer she makes things that we can all cook

  • Reply Rose K January 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Pete Evens – love his Clean , Healthy Cooking Style and His Even more Gorgeous Smile :)

  • Reply Kelly Ryan January 31, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Maggie Beer makes great home cooking with an interesting twist from great Australian produce.

  • Reply Belinda Bann January 31, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    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!

  • Reply Mandy February 2, 2014 at 12:04 am

    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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