Culinary pioneer Margaret Fulton honoured


The woman who taught Australia how to cook is being remembered as a trailblazer.

Much-loved matriarch and Australia’s original celebrity chef Margaret Fulton has been hailed a pioneer of a culinary revolution, following her death aged 94 on Wednesday.

Daughter Suzanne Gibbs says she held her mother’s hands as she died.

“All through my childhood those hands meant so much to me … cooking, cutting, sewing. I just treasured those hands of hers that did so much and just were so powerful,” she told Nine News.

Granddaughter Louise Keats said the family had bought oysters – Fulton’s “favourite” – to celebrate her life.

“Our hearts are too broken to respond to your messages right now, but we’re deeply grateful for your love and support,” Ms Keats earlier posted on Instagram.

Governor-General David Hurley said Fulton has been a trailblazer.

“Her cookbooks, writing and passion inspired generations of Australians including the Hurley household,” he said in a statement.

“She will be missed and our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.”

High-profile Sydney chef Kylie Kwong thanked Fulton “for giving us courage and for showing we Australian women the way forward in the kitchen, ALL those years ago”.

The Scottish-born author introduced Australia to a world of cooking in the 1960s, taking the country beyond the traditional meat and three veg to exotic cuisines including Italian, Mexican and Asian.

Her first foray into publishing was as a cookery writer for Woman magazine before she became food editor for Women’s Day.

Fulton penned more than 20 books, including the seminal Margaret Fulton Cookbook in 1968.

She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1983 and was also named a Living National Treasure.

Funeral details are expected to be announced in coming days.


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