"GROWING, HARVESTING, PREPARING, SHARING"
"I want children to discover where food is from, how it is grown and how delicious it is to eat, and how easy to prepare. We need to capture their interest, curiosity and energy, as well as their appetites. "
"I truly believed that to be culinarily literate was of central importance to personal independence and happiness."
"I was certain that if you offer a child the widest possible range of food from the earliest age in a loving environment, if you eat together as often as possible, and demonstrate your own enjoyment of flavour and texture and conviviality, that child will eat well forever, and will enjoy being with others around a table for the rest of his or her life. After all, that is the lesson of my own life."
"We'd all do things like digging up potatoes or shelling peas in the kitchen while talking to Mum. I had never imagined being a chef. "
"Food and wine and friendship matter more than almost anything I can think of. Together they involve skill and craft and patience, and understanding of difference, and appreciation, and the desire to bring happiness to others. "
"My food message is much simpler than that. It's about knowing and respecting where fresh food comes from, and preparing it simply and deliciously. "
"There is nothing quite as seductive as doing what you love, and having others love it too. "
"Food, for me, is the most central theme of everything I love. It brings people together in the most wonderful way. Whether you're cooking or just sharing the table, I wouldn't be without it."
"To share the table with people you love is all about giving and receiving; it's a total two-way street. It can do far more than make your palate come alive - it makes you feel connected, to the people around the table and also to the land. And people love being fed!"
"For me, great cooking starts with respect for produce... A beautifully grown piece of fruit or vegetable, a humanely slaughtered animal that has lived a good life, fresh herbs from the garden - it's all you really need. "
"Food to me is the ultimate nurturer and the best way I know of giving one's time and effort and care to others."
"The most enjoyable professional experience and challenge in my life has been to achieve those things many critics said couldn't be done. I am not satisfied with second best. "
"My wines are sexy, they make weak men strong and strong women weak. "
"Cooking does bring joy when you can create and eat that creation, and then if you can share it with a friend it's even better."
"No man has the right to inflict the torture of bad wine upon his fellow-creatures. "
"Cooking is something that should take time, that shouldn't be rushed, but enjoyed. "
"It is wonderful to eat my daughter's food and appreciate the effort that went into it. Cooking is hard work, but when it is done with love, it really is a pleasure. "
"I think part of the thing that women liked about my recipes was that I would get them doing the maddest things. "
"Cooking is hard work, but when it is done with love, it really is a pleasure. "
"Gardening really opened up a whole lot of ideas. It started me thinking about the life cycle of plants and I became passionate about representing the nature in my food. "
"I love what I do and I want others to love it, too - it's about sharing, breaking bread, taking time."
"You always want to garnish it when it's orf."
"For me, the immigrants and their families, their stories and their commitment to traditional ways, have contributed markedly to the spirit of this place. We have a voracious appetite for creativity and culture, and it is these people, along with their exquisite food? that makes this such a vibrant and diverse country. "
"As with all aspects of our short yet venerable existence, it is the 'breath' of people, their ability to express their 'aliveness', their talent and their tolerance, that truly make the difference. In my view, Chinese cuisine encourages us to do exactly this. "
"My way of communicating love and interest in people is through cooking. I grew up in an environment where food was really celebrated, and that gave me the message: food makes people happy."
"I remember my very first day; it just struck me. I'd never felt so at home with anything as I did then. Whereas with other things I always felt like I was struggling - I felt inadequate... with cooking I felt comfortable, I felt inner confidence. I just loved it."
"I'm really enthused by food. I love it. I love the feeling it gives me. I love seeing that excitement in other people. "
"Cooking is about love and joy and sharing. If you are not sharing then what are you doing it for? "
"The thing I absolutely love about food is it's a common thread that connects us no matter what culture we come from. "
"Cooking is essential to everyone's existence and it's the core of my being. At its best, food is sexy, nourishing, sustaining and utterly satisfying. Cooking is an act of love; it's about giving and sharing. "
"If you're going to do something, make it bloody brilliant. There are different ways that you can feed or share; which is why I write, why I take people travelling, why I have products, why I have a restaurant. It all comes down to being totally passionate about food, caring about every single thing that goes into my mouth and wanting everyone to be like that."
"I love this country, its produce, beer - and there is a sense that you can descend on to any little pocket of Melbourne and you will find somewhere good to eat, somewhere good to drink and something interesting to discuss or look at. "
"That's the beautiful thing about food, it breaks down the barriers."
"Recipe for the Diamantina Cocktail:
Mix a blast of Bundaberg Rum, a dollop of condensed milk, and one surely whipped emu's egg,
pour briskly over bald ice, garnish with a gum leaf, and goodnight gungadin."
"Dreams come true if you keep them alive in your heart and you are prepared to put in the work, no matter the cost."
"Cooking is a caring and nurturing act. It's kind of the ultimate gift for someone, to cook for them. It creates all this beautiful stuff, conversation, appreciation, romance. All the most important things in life you do around a dinner table. "
"Thai food ain't about simplicity. It's about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Like a complex musical chord, it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath. "