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Beer AO

Australian food icon


Maggie Beer AO is not just an Australian food icon, she's an essential ingredient in any discussion about food and flavour.

Current experience:

Maggie has made numerous appearances on MasterChef Australia, setting new ratings records for the episodes she featured in. Maggie's latest television venture saw her join Matt Moran as co-hosts of The Great Australian Bake Off. Another ratings success, Maggie has completed a third series of the show with Foxtel, as its popularity continues to grow nationwide.

Further abroad, Maggie's appeal is also well established, leading to a 1 hour special, filmed in Japan for Foxtel, Maggie In Japan, which aired in August 2017.

In 2022 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the tourism and hospitality industries as a cook.

Previous experience:

In 1973, Maggie and her husband Colin, settled in the Barossa Valley, their intention being to simply breed game birds. However, the Pheasant Farm and vineyard soon transformed into the renowned Pheasant Farm restaurant, which went onto b??come part of Australian food history.

In 1991, the restaurant was awarded the Remy Martin Cognac - Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award. The restaurant was a resounding success, closing its doors late in 1993 at the height of its fame.

In 1996, Maggie Beer Products was created, with the opening of the Production Kitchen in Tanunda and where an exciting and popular food brand was born. Today, Maggie's career spans farming, food production, television presenting and food writing. Her appearance on the hit ABC Programme, The Cook and The Chef cemented her place as one of Australia's most known and loved food personalities.

Of her many accolades, the following are highlights from Maggie's illustrious career
- She is the author of 10 cookbooks
- She was awarded Senior Australian of the Year in 2010 and South Australian of the Year in 2011
- She was appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012 and made a Doctor of Business honoris causa from Macquarie University in 2013. In 2022 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the tourism and hospitality industries as a cook.

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
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