THE LAST WORD... ‘ I don’t have much of a sweet tooth … palate’ I bake cakes sim­i­lar to my

WITH CULT AUS­TRALIAN COOK AND THEGREATAUSTRALIANBAKEOFF JUDGE MAG­GIE BEER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - WithDeb­bieSchipp

“I DON’T like cakes. I love pas­tries and breads and that part of bak­ing. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I love do­ing some­thing re­ally well and hav­ing it come out of the oven. It’s just that I bake cakes sim­i­lar to my palate.

This show ( The Great Aus­tralian Bake Off ) was a very big thing for me. I said no for a long time. And then they fi­nally con­vinced me be­cause I ac­tu­ally love bak­ing. I don’t like leav­ing the val­ley (Beer’s home in South Aus­tralia’s Barossa).

I am a mi­cro­man­ager in my own busi­ness, so for shoot­ing this I have been deal­ing with it from afar. I live away from all the hus­tle and bus­tle and I’m just me. I miss home, and it’s hard for me to be away for six weeks. The busi­ness (Beer’s own) is huge. We have 110 staff. I run prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. So while shoot­ing Bake Off we were do­ing tri­als here and there and I am on the phone.

I think I’m one of the luck­i­est peo­ple in the world be­cause peo­ple like me and that’s a re­ally nice feel­ing. I love what I do, I live in a beau­ti­ful place, I have a fab­u­lous fam­ily, I have lots of ideas.

Peo­ple talk about age (Beer is 70) and I think, ‘What are they talk­ing about?’.

When do I slow down? Why? I’ve never had a bet­ter plat­form to do things. So long as you’re fit it’s fine. And I have to work at be­ing fit, be­cause I love food too much.

My idea of re­lax­ing is cook­ing. I pride my­self on be­ing de­scribed as a cook, be­cause I was never taught to cook.

I’m learn­ing from Matt (fel­low GABO judge Matt Mo­ran) and from the con­tes­tants on this show. There are three things that I have said, ‘Wow, I’d like to try cook­ing that’, which is tremen­dous.

The Cook and the Chef (Beer’s TV se­ries with chef Si­mon Bryant) fin­ished four years ago, and it’s just re­peated and re­peated – I think I might even get paid for it, but you don’t do things with the ABC for money. For that show we did four weeks of 40 weeks shoot­ing a year, all in the Barossa. I said af­ter two years I wouldn’t do it again and they con­vinced me to go a third. Then at the end of three they pleaded, so I did the fourth on the ba­sis they would give me a signed let­ter and would never ask me again (laughs).

We’d do two episodes a day and from be­gin­ning to end I didn’t know what he (Si­mon) was do­ing, he didn’t know what I was do­ing, and we never did an­other take – we just kept on film­ing, and did pick-ups. I never knew what was go­ing to come out his mouth.” THE GREAT AUS­TRALIAN BAKE OFF TUES­DAY, 7.30PM, LIFE­STYLE FOOD

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