Vibrant in colour and subtle in flavour. A lovely summer starter for lunch or dinner
Anna Gare is recognised as one of the most popular chefs on Australian television with a number of incredibly popular and loved programme under her belt. In recent year's, she has presented two of the highest rating TV programmes on Channel Nine (Great Australian Bake Off) and Channel 10 (Junior Masterchef). Her role of Judge on Junior Masterchef garnered her a Logie nomination and a legion of new fans across Australia.
Prior to her work on Junior Masterchef, Anna had completed “Quickies in My Kitchen” an 8 part series featuring Anna for the Lifestyle Food Channel. Anna’s journey on the TV screens of Australia really started with her acclaimed role on the top rating show “The Best in Australia”, in which she starred alongside celebrity chefs Ben O’Donoghue and Darren Simpson. This program became the top rating show on Lifestyle Food and has also aired on ABCTV.
With books, more television projects and her high profile charity and educational work Anna’s star is set to continue on its amazing rise!
Anna’s life has always revolved around music and food. She was a member of the internationally acclaimed all-girl rock band the “Jam Tarts” in the 1980s and 1990s at the same time as developing her culinary career in various restaurants around Australia. From the late 1990s she ran her own catering company, the highly regarded “Deluxe Catering”, based innFremantle.
Her work in television cooking shows has allowed Anna to combine her natural flair as a performer with her passion for cooking.
The Day I cooked for the Queen
I’ll never forget the day I got a call from the premier’s cabinet: sounds like a lovely piece of wooden furniture, but it actually very important person on the other end of the phone requesting my cooking services for the Queen’s visit to WA for CHOGM.
At first I had to decline: I was booked in for a kids’ cup cake comp in Denmark (500km south of Perth) that very day. My response was greeted with an awkward silence at the end of the phone. The gentleman couldn’t believe that a cup cake was trumping an opportunity to cook for the Queen. After 5 minutes deliberation and creative thinking I called him back and accepted the Royal gig and managed to honor my cup cake comp commitments.
It’s a very long story, and I won’t go into the gruesome details but it did involve a chauffeur, a knight in white shiny limo, lots of security, a rubber inflatable boat, wet hair, another limousine and a helicopter in a “no fly” zone. It was an honor meeting the Queen and arriving at the cup cake gig in a helicopter made the kids think I was a megastar. One of the most surreal days of my life.