Maggie Beer was born and raised in Sydney. In 1973, she and her husband Colin felt an inevitable draw to the beauty of the Barossa Valley, understandable given that Colin's family came from nearby Mallala. Here they settled, with the intention of breeding game birds and growing grapes. The establishment of their farm led to the now legendary Pheasant Farm Restaurant. With Maggie in the kitchen, and with her passion for top quality food and flavours, The Pheasant Farm quickly took its place at the forefront of Australian dining experiences. In 1991, Maggie Beer and The Pheasant Farm were honoured with the prestigious Remy Martin Cognac/Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award. The restaurant's fame ironically led to its closing in November 1993, as Maggie was burnt out from its very success.
These days, Maggie’s career spans farming, food production, exporting, food writing and television presenting, and Maggie is proud to be the South Australian ambassador of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - a national project that encourages school aged children to get into the garden and grow their own produce.
Maggie has published seven cook books, with an eighth in the making. Her appearance in the popular ABC series The Cook & The Chef cemented Maggie's place as one of Australia's most well known food personalities. In January 2010, Maggie was named Senior Australian of the Year at a special Australia Day ceremony, and serves as an Ambassador for Vision Australia, a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services.
Maggie was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 'for service to the tourism and hospitality industries as a cook, restaurateur and author, and to the promotion of Australian produce and cuisine'. She believes wholeheartedly in the importance of a good food life, and hopes to encourage everyone to enjoy quality, seasonal cooking every day.
Client Comments for Maggie Beer
Maggie Beer travels from South Australia Australia
- Maggie was warm, funny, entertaining and generous. She engaged the audience with stories of her youth and first encounters with food and the hospitality industry, through to the trials and hardwork of running a restaurant. Her enthusiasm was contagious and every one of our guests left laughing and excited knowing that although not everything goes to plan in business, hardwork and passion will get you through.
Maroondah City Council
"Trish and Tamie as always were outstanding."
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