Stephanie AlexanderStephanie Alexander is perhaps best-known as a food writer. She is the best-selling author of thirteen books, including The Cook’s Companion, an Australian classic, selling more than 500,000 copies. In 2009 she published The Kitchen Garden Companion, reflecting her increasing interest in encouraging Australian foodlovers to grow some of their own food.
For 21 years her restaurant, Stephanie’s, was regarded as an essential Melbourne experience. She later conceived the ground-breaking café, fine cheese and foodstore, Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder, and was a founding partner for eight years.
Through her writing and her teaching, Stephanie continues to be an outspoken champion of the quality of Australian produce and the importance of good food in our lives. She was awarded an Order of Australia in 1994 for her services to the hospitality industry and to tourism, and for encouraging young apprentices.
In 2001 Stephanie became involved in initiating and promoting a primary school kitchen garden program in the belief that the earlier children learn about food through example and positive experience, the better their food choices will be throughout life. In 2004 she established the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation of which she is now a director and Board member. From the first project at Collingwood College, the movement has grown to include 259 Australian primary schools, and is supported by the Australian government, the Victorian State government, the Queensland State government, corporate partners and philanthropic funding.
Her dream is that such a program will become an option for any interested school in Australia.
Catch Stephanie Alexander at the following Tasting Australia events:
Botanic Garden Restaurant Kitchen Garden Dinner - Fri 27 April
The Rymill Coonawarra Harvest Lunch with Stephanie Alexander - Sat 28 April
Kids in the Kitchen Presented by San Remo - Sun 29 April
Selector Word of Mouth - Sun 29 April
Image source: Simon Griffiths