Artwork for Margaret Fulton story
Artwork for Margaret Fulton story

Matt Preston: ‘Margaret Fulton changed the way we eat’

FORMER MasterChef judge Matt Preston has paid a touching tribute to the doyenne of home cooking, Margaret Fulton who has died at the age of 94.

The Delicious food critic said Fulton's "impact on home cooking and how we eat today cannot be underestimated.

"She was a pioneer of cookbooks featuring full colour photographs. She shared Mexican, Lebanese and Fijian ideas from her travels into an Australian culinary scene that was solidly meat and three veg," he said.

 

Margaret Fulton with granddaughter Kate Gibbs.
Margaret Fulton with granddaughter Kate Gibbs.

 

"She gave us one for the most useful Australian cookbooks ever written with her 'Encyclopaedia and Cookery.' And she was instrumental in introducing the pressure cooker to Australia," he explained, "and that's just the tip of the iceberg."

He added: "she once told me she didn't want to be a cook, she wanted to be a showgirl but she was just too little. The chorus line's loss was very much our gain."

 

Margaret Fulton wrote 20 titles, including the Margaret Fulton Cookbook
Margaret Fulton wrote 20 titles, including the Margaret Fulton Cookbook

 

Margaret Fulton and her granddaughter Louise Fulton Keats
Margaret Fulton and her granddaughter Louise Fulton Keats

 

Fulton's death was confirmed by her grand daughter and noted cook, Kate Gibbs, who told her Instagram followers: "early this morning our family lost our most treasured, inspirational and loving mother and grandmother. Our hearts are too broken to respond to your messages right now, but we're deeply grateful for your love and support."

Chef George Calombaris, Armando Percuoco, Margaret Fulton, Matt Preston, Jacques Reymond, Cheong Liew and Gary Mehigan in scene from MasterChef Australia.
Chef George Calombaris, Armando Percuoco, Margaret Fulton, Matt Preston, Jacques Reymond, Cheong Liew and Gary Mehigan in scene from MasterChef Australia.

The Scottish-born author of many popular cookbooks and guest on several cooking TV show had been living in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Funeral details and a further family statement are expected in coming days. 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.

She went on to pen more than 20 titles including the popular Margaret Fulton Cookbook.

In 1983, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the culinary development of the country and well-known for her 1968 signature cookbook.



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