Sally cooks up awards success
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.