Stephanie Alexander established her reputation as a restaurateur with Stephanie’s, which was regarded as an essential Melbourne experience during its 21 years of operation. The restaurant set new standards of service, pioneered techniques and introduced new ways of looking at ingredients, as well as championing small producers.
Since 2001 Stephanie has been devoted to the development of a primary school kitchen garden program. In 2004 she established the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation of which she is now a director and board member. In 2014 Stephanie became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of her work with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Stephanie is the best-selling author of 17 books, including The Cook’s Companion, regarded as an Australian classic. The Cook’s Companion has sold more than 500,000 copies and is often referred to as ‘the bible’; it has also been developed as a user-friendly app for mobile devices. In 2009 Stephanie published The Kitchen Garden Companion, reflecting her increasing interest in encouraging Australian food-lovers to grow some of their own food. This was followed in 2012 by her memoirs, entitled A Cook’s Life. In 2018 she published a book for new cooks, The Cook’s Apprentice. Stephanie was also a columnist in the food pages of Australian newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years.
Stephanie has always had a commitment to training and mentoring young people. She was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) in 1994 for her services to the hospitality industry and to tourism, and for encouraging young apprentices.
She is passionate about the need to pass on a love of good food to others to maximise the chances of leading a healthy and happy life.
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