Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2009 VIC Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Stephanie Alexander OAM

Town: Hawthorn
State: Victoria

Chef and author

Stephanie Alexander is one of Australia’s most renowned and acclaimed chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Her dedication and pursuit of promoting excellence in the hospitality and tourism industries has been well recognised. Stephanie’s Restaurant was an icon on the Melbourne dining scene from 1976, pioneering techniques and ways of looking at ingredients, championing small producers before anyone else understood the importance of this, and setting new standards of service. In 1988, she established the award-winning Harvest Picnic, a public event that celebrated quality food and was a precursor to today’s Farmers’ Markets.

Stephanie’s first book was published in 1985 and since then she has produced a further 10 books on food. Her famous bestseller and kitchen bible, The Cook’s Companion, has sold more than 400,000 copies, vindicating her belief that young adults have little understanding of how to cook or utilise fresh food in their daily lives. To help educate young people further, she developed a comprehensive gardening and cooking program at the Collingwood College in 2001. Following its success a foundation was set up to raise funds for the implementation of kitchen garden programs in other schools, and the state government announced a $2.4 million contribution. Stephanie is highly respected for her dedication to promoting Australian culinary resources and educating future generations.