MARGARET Fulton – a much-loved cooking matriarch credited with “teaching Australia how to cook” – has died aged 94.
The Scottish-born author of many popular cookbooks and guest on several cooking TV shows had been living in the NSW Southern Highlands, says Australian Associated Press.
A statement on behalf of her family was issued today confirming Margaret’s death.
It said: “The family of Margaret Fulton is today mourning the loss of their loving, inspirational and treasured mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
“Margaret Fulton died peacefully this morning with her family close by.”
Her granddaughter, Kate Gibbs, told Delicious that her family was mourning her passing.
She posted about her grandmother’s death on Instagram, sharing photos of the cooking legend.
Gibbs wrote: “Our hearts are too broken to respond to your messages right now, but we’re deeply grateful for your love and support.”
Margaret went on to become food editor of the Woman’s Day magazine.
The youngest in a family of three boys and three girls, Fulton was born near Inverness in northern Scotland before migrating to Australia aged three.
The Canberra Times said that “Fulton, more than anyone else, introduced Australians to the culinary delights of the world and weaned them off the traditional meat and three veg.
“She was Australia’s first celebrity chef, long before the species became a television staple.”
During the Second World War, she worked in a parachute factory, and tested plane parts in a laboratory.
But she managed to leave the role by faking a pregnancy.
That led to a job at a gas company where she baked cakes and pastry, to promote the benefits of cooking with gas, the Times adds.
She went on to pen more than 20 titles including the popular Margaret Fulton Cookbook.
Funeral details and a further family statement are expected in coming days.
She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1983, and named an Australian National Treasure.
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