An Australian icon.
Australian food icon Maggie Beer has a lot of interesting stories to tell.
Originally from Sydney, Beer travelled extensively in her youth among myriad of careers including being a lift driver in New Zealand, assistant to a senior Geophysicist for British Petroleum in Libya, assistant to the General Manager of Ansett General Aviation and Citizenship Law Clerk for the American Embassy.
When Beer and husband Colin settled in the Barossa in 1973, her food journey began.
Initially breeding game birds, the Pheasant Farm and vineyard soon transformed into a restaurant also, which became part of Australian food history.
It was Restaurant of the Year in Gourmet Traveller in 1991, but closed just two years later.
In 1996 Maggie Beer Products was created and today is the base for Beer’s many interactions with Australian families.
She is the author of 10 cookbooks, was named Senior Australian of the Year in 2010, appointed a member of the Order of Australia in 2012 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of South Australia in 2016.
In 2014 Beer created the Maggie Beer Foundation to provide the pleasure of a good food life for all, regardless of age and health restrictions. Her work with industry leaders, professors and health advisors continues.