The reputation of Maggie’s products has being built on her own philosophy of using the best ingredients, in season without preservatives or fillers.
Maggie, originally from Sydney, worked overseas in a variety of jobs from a Lift Driver in a New Zealand store to the Assistant to the Senior Geophysicist for British Petroleum in Libya. Returning home in 1968 she was employed in fields as diverse as light aircraft, Citizenship Law Clerk for the American Embassy and House Management at the Women’s College of Sydney University.
Her marriage to Colin in 1970 led them to the Barossa Valley, where they began pheasant breeding and grape growing. Pheasant Farm was the start of a career that now spans farming, food production, exporting, food writing and TV presenting.
There have been many awards since the Pheasant Farm Restaurant won the Remy Martin Cognac/Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year in 1991. More accolades include the Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 1997 and the Jaguar/Australian Gourmet Traveller Award of Excellence in 1999 and in 2001 Maggie was presented with the Food Media Club’s Industry Peer Award.
Maggie has written 9 books with the first being Maggie’s Farm, followed by Maggie’s Orchard and Cooking with Verjuice. She then collaborated with Stephanie Alexander with Stephanie and Maggie’s Tuscan Cookbook, translated into 5 languages. Her fifth book Maggie’s Table won Best Regional Cookbook in English in 2001, and a Gourmand World Cook Book Award in France as well as the 2003 Australian Food Media Award for Best Hardcover Recipe Book.
The sixth book is Maggie’s Harvest. It has been awarded second place against books from 27 countries for the best cookbook cover in the world at the 2007 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Maggie’s Kitchen was released in 2008 and in 2012 Maggie’s Verjuice Cookbook was published. Her most recent addition to the library is Maggie’s Christmas.
Maggie is in demand for TV roles and has starred in her own show The Cook and The Chef. At the 2008 Australian Food Media Awards, Maggie won LifeStyle FOOD Channel’s People’s Choice Award. The series won the Sizzler Bernard King Award for Best Television Food Segment. Her television appearances are numerous, including MasterChef. The LifeStyle Channel has also shone the spotlight on Maggie with a Christmas Special. Maggie returned to the ABC in 2012 to share her family Christmas in the Barossa.
As part of the 2010 Australia Day Awards, Maggie was honoured with winning Senior Australian of the Year, in recognition of her focus on cooking with seasonal produce. The following year she became the 2011 South Australian of the Year and in addition to these achievements, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012 for her service to tourism and hospitality.
In 2013 she received a Doctor of Business honoris causa from Macquarie University. And recently Maggie featured on a postage stamp as one of the winners of the Australia Post Australian Legends Award. She is the South Australian Ambassador for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.... Read more.
Recipe by Maggie Beer