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?
Five legends of Australian cooking have had the honour of being immortalised on a postage stamp as recipients of the 2014 Australia Post Legends Award. These Legends of Cooking have been recognised for their influence over Australia’s food culture and the visionary role each have played in shaping Australia’s palate and laying the foundations of our gastronomic success. This year’s Australia Post Australian Legends, who were chosen by an industry selection panel, are the culinary greats Margaret Fulton OAM, Maggie Beer AM, Stephanie Alexander OAM, Neil Perry AM and Kylie Kwong.
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...
Pictured at Rockpool in Sydney are the Australian Legends of Cooking 2014: Neil Perry, Maggie Beer, Kylie Kwong, Margaret Fulton and Stephanie Alexander, recognised for their influence over Australia’s food culture.
Maggie Beer AM (above): 'I’m a sentimentalist and I’ve got every letter my mother wrote me while I was overseas, so being on a stamp makes me very proud. There have been so many parts of my life that I’ve had to pinch myself about, and this is one of them.'
Stephanie Alexander OAM (above): 'When I want to thank somebody for something special I always hand write a letter because I feel it deserves it and now I’ll be even prouder to put a stamp on it. I think it’s a great honour and I’m in some marvellous company.'
Kylie Kwong (above): 'I’m absolutely chuffed. I don’t even think it’s sunk in yet; I’m still digesting the enormity of it. It fills me with such pride and it makes me want to do even more for this country and to take what I do that step further.'
Neil Perry AM (above): 'It is just such an amazing honour and I am deeply humbled to have been chosen. Monarchs’ and Heads of State are on stamps, as well as music legends like Barnesy, so to be named amongst them feels like an incredible achievement.'
The Australian Legends of Cooking 2014 Giveaway...
Thanks to the generosity of Australia Post, I have TEN Australian Legends of Cooking 2014 prize packs valued at $30 each to give away to my Australian readers. Each pack includes the Legends of Cooking prestige book (with recipes, see below), the Legends of Cooking stamp set, a complete set of five maxi cards (postcards) and first day covers, which are a collector’s item. Wow!
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...
Thank you everyone who entered my giveaway. It was fun reading all the entries, many of which made me smile. The winners are Andrea, Sophie P, Maureen, Eha, Muppy, eDig, Rea, Glenda, Soppy and Miss Food Fairy. You will hear from me via email very shortly.
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
Dear readers from around the world, tell me who are your cooking legends? And did you collect stamps as a child?
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