Sally cooks up awards suc­cess

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - CHAN­NEL KINNIBURGH and JAMES KITTO

DER­WENT Val­ley kitchen guru and cook­book au­thor Sally Wise has taken out the award for Tas­ma­nian Se­nior Aus­tralian of the Year.

Ms Wise, 67, was an­nounced the 2018 re­cip­i­ent at a Govern­ment House cer­e­mony in Ho­bart last week.

The in­ven­tive cook vol­un­teers with soon-to-be-re­leased pris­on­ers, com­mu­nity groups and new busi­nesses, pro­mot­ing bet­ter nu­tri­tion us­ing ac­ces­si­ble in­gre­di­ents.

She has also built a busi­ness from her farm at Molesworth, where she demon­strates the in­te­gra­tion of food pro­duc­tion and cook­ing.

“Ev­ery­one has to eat and they should eat well. Eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and sim­ple in­gre­di­ents can make truly won­der­ful food,” she said.

In 2006 ABC Ra­dio Ho­bart asked Ms Wise to lead a dis­cus­sion on jams and pre­serves, which led to her first book A Year in a Bot­tle, which sold tens of thou­sands of copies.

Ms Wise went on to write an­other 14 pop­u­lar cook­books and launched a pro­gram at Ris­don Pri­son to teach cook­ing skills to soon-to-be-re­leased in­mates.

“With cook­ing comes a great feel­ing of en­joy­ment for peo­ple who can feel proud they’ve cre­ated some­thing them­selves,” she said.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a good dec­o­ra­tor or not. If the food doesn’t work you just call it some­thing else or pre­tend it was some great in­ven­tion.”

She also pro­motes bet­ter nu­tri­tion and helps new food busi­nesses.

“Sally Wise is a kitchen guru, au­thor and me­dia pre­sen­ter who is ded­i­cated to equip­ping ev­ery­day peo­ple to pre­pare nour­ish­ing food with ac­ces­si­ble in­gre­di­ents,” the awards ci­ta­tion read.

Also an­nounced at last Fri­day’s cer­e­mony was Tas­ma­nian of the Year win­ner Ber­nadette Black for her work with teenage par­ents.

Young Tas­ma­nian of the Year was taken out by Win­der­mere Pri­mary School teacher Kirby Med­craft, 29, while Devon­port vol­un­teer Vicki Pur­nell was named this year’s Lo­cal Hero re­cip­i­ent.

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