I am proud to have today been named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO), adding to the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) I was awarded in 1994.
I have been recognised “for distinguished service to education through the design and establishment of schools-based learning programs promoting improved food and eating choices for children, and as an author.”
It’s a wonderful honour to receive as I continue my life’s work: to convince as many Australians as possible of the pleasures of the table.
Through my books (and the Cook’s Companion App) I have worked to promote the pleasures and benefits of fresh, seasonal produce. Twelve years ago I turned my focus to young children through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, presently established in over 450 Australian primary schools with the aim of introducing pleasurable food education to Australian students.
Whilst I still see around me so many who seem uninterested or unaware of the delight good fresh food can bring to their lives, and whose bodies would benefit from a change in habits (let alone the planet) I will find it hard to stay silent.
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