Stamp collecting, was one of my favourite pastimes when I was a child. I still treasure the little orange album full of postage stamps from around the world, which were painstakingly examined with a magnifying glass before being tweezered into place and secured with gummed stamp hinges. I wonder, do the children of today enjoy this hobby?
Receiving the award, Margaret Fulton OAM, the matriarch of Australian cooking and one of my culinary heroes (pictured above) said 'It’s a very nice honour. I’m getting older, and it’s a lovely feeling to say that you’ve wound up on a stamp.'
Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post, Ahmed Fahour, said this year’s award celebrates five Australians who have each played a distinct role in the emergence of a sophisticated Australian food culture. 'These five individuals have taught Australians to appreciate our abundant fresh ingredients and to embrace the flavours of multiculturalism,' Mr Fahour said. 'They are not just cooks, but business-minded authors, teachers, TV personalities and restaurateurs. For this, they truly deserve the title Australian Legend.'
The 2014 Australia Post Australian Legends will be honoured at official Australia Day Council events hosted in all capital cities, and each Legend will also be presented with a 24-carat gold replica of their stamp.
Michael Harden, independent culinary writer and member of the industry selection panel, believes the current food culture we have in Australia would not have been possible without the input of these amazing and visionary cooks. 'The people on this list have been integral to the way we eat now, and their innovation, imagination and integrity will keep the inspiration going into the future. It’s enough to make you hungry just thinking about it,' Mr Harden said.
Australia Post Legend status is bestowed upon only the most inspirational Australians. These are individuals and groups that not only amass substantial bodies of work, but are inspirational and exemplify perseverance, devotion, integrity and compassion. This year’s recipients will join an exclusive group of only 70 others awarded Legend status. The Legends Award began 16 years ago when Sir Donald Bradman was the first living Australian to be honoured on an Australian stamp. Prior to that, the only living people honoured on our nation's stamps were members of the royal family.
The only other living Australians to feature on stamps are Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallists. Each Legend will feature on a 60c stamp, with all Legends featuring in a stamp pack, first day cover and set of maxi cards along with a commemorative book titled Australian Legends of Cooking, written by Michael Harden. The stamps and associated products are available at participating Australia Post retail outlets and via mail order while stocks last.
Australian Legends of Cooking 2014...
The Australian Legends of Cooking 2014 Giveaway...
To be in the running to win a prize pack, please subscribe to Good Things (if you haven't already) and leave a comment below telling me in fifty (50) words or less who your food and cooking legends are. Your culinary heroes might be loved ones or celebrities.
Readers, please make sure that you enter your current email address (one you check regularly!) with your comment so you can be reached in the event you're selected as the winner.
The competition is open to Australian readers only (with apologies to my overseas readers) and closes at midnight on Sunday, 2 February 2014 AEDT. Best of luck and thank you for entering!
And the winners are...
For those lovely readers who entered, but didn't win, please stay tuned as I have more exciting giveaways in the pipeline. In the meantime, pop over and visit my friend Amanda at Lamb's Ears and Honey and enter her Legends of Australian Cooking giveaway! Thanks again for your entries and your support and readership of good things xoxo