Stephanie’s fresh food dream for 2021

For legendary Australian chef Stephanie Alexander educating children about sustainable food continues to be a priority, and friendship is more important than ever. 

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Q.   Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2021?

Probably similar to many others, to ease myself gently back into the life of the city, not too fast. Overall, to spend more time thinking and planning and less time rushing around. To visit Kitchen Garden schools with members of our team once it can be arranged. To maximise good times with family and friends. Read more, sleep more, rest more.

Q.   What would you like to change about the food world, or the way Australians eat, in 2021?

My dream has not changed in the past 20 years. I want to see the day when educating our children about the marvellous world of sustainable, delicious fresh food is part of government policy. In 2021 I hope to see more early learning centres including pleasurable food education in their programs.

Q.   Is there a cuisine, ingredient or cooking style that you plan to explore in 2021?

Having just reached the amazing age of 80 I am even more convinced that fresh, seasonal food prepared pretty simply will continue to delight me. I will always support our local producers.

Q.   What destination are you most looking forward to visiting in a post-COVID 19 world?

I would like to visit my close friend (chef) Maggie Beer in the Barossa Valley. Emails and phone calls are just not the same.

Q.   How have the events of 2020 affected the way you look at your family, friendships and career?

I have been sustained through this strange year by continued contact with my daughters in whatever ways we could do so safely. And by having a book to edit so that creatively I stayed active. Friendship has always been a high priority for me, and it is now even higher.

Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation (SAKGF) is a not-for-profit charity that aims to deliver pleasurable food education to children around Australia. The program is currently being delivered in over 2000 schools and early years centres across Australia.