Stephanie Alexander OAM is the author of thirteen books, including the Australian kitchen bible The Cook's Companion, and is a renowned chef and restaurateur.
Other Appointments and Qualifications: For 21 years from 1976, Stephanie was the force behind Stephanie's restaurant in Hawthorn, a landmark establishment credited with revolutionising fine dining in Melbourne. From 1997 to 2005 Stephanie, along with several friends, ran the Richmond Hill Café and Larder, a neighborhood restaurant renowned for its specialist cheese retailing. In her recently published memoir, A Cook's Life, she recounts how her uncompromising dedication to good food has shaped her life and changed the eating habits of a nation. She is Chair and Founder of the Kitchen Garden Foundation, teaching Australian kids to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
Influence: One of Australia's most highly acclaimed food authors, Ms Alexander has written fourteen books, including Stephanie's Menus for Food Lovers, Stephanie's Seasons and Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer's Tuscan Cookbook (co-author). Her signature publication, The Cook's Companion, has established itself as the kitchen bible in over 400 000 homes. With characteristic determination, Stephanie initiated the Kitchen Garden at Collingwood College in order to allow young children to experience the very things that made her own childhood so rich: the growing, harvesting, cooking and sharing of good food.