Anna Gare

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Anna Gare
Born (1969-03-10) 10 March 1969 (age 45)
Subiaco, Perth, Australia
Culinary career

Anna Gare is an Australian musician and television personality. She is one of four judges on Channel Ten's reality television program, Junior MasterChef Australia, although she is neither a formally trained chef nor trained cook.

Biography[edit]

Anna Gare was born 10 March 1969 in Subiaco, Western Australia[1][2] and grew up in Fremantle. She attended the Lance Holt School, where as a student she ran a canteen for students and staff.

I had a friend who was a year older than me and together every Wednesday we would set up the classroom downstairs as a restaurant. We would have a three-course meal for $1. It was chicken noodle soup, chicken and salad and jelly and ice-cream for dessert.

—Anna Gare[3]

She started off her career as a musician when she was twelve[4][5] she formed an all-girl band with her sister, Sophie, and two friends, Jodie Bell and Lucy Lemann, called the Jam Tarts.[5][6] The band was managed by their mother, Kate Gare.[5] For ten years the Jam Tarts were a successful touring and recording band within Australia and acclaimed at international music festivals. (performed live on NBC's Today Show, at the 1987 Edinburgh Fringe Festival,[7] toured with Rik Mayall and Jonathon Richman.[8] The Jam Tarts also played as part of a larger band in combination with the Nansing Quartet (a six piece band whose members included Lucky Oceans, Adam Gare, Sam Lemann, Peter Bell and Neale Austin). In 1986 she featured in an Australian film Pursuit of Happiness, as a 15-year-old who sings in a rock band and opposes American nuclear submarines being harboured in Australian waters.[9]

Whilst Gare was in the Jam Tarts, she supplemented her rock and roll lifestyle with cooking, where she worked in various restaurants around Australia.[4][6]

In 1991 after a decade of rock and roll, it was time for a change.

At 25 I had two children and didn't feel like doing the rock and roll thing any more – even the thought of playing in a smoky pub (as they were in those days) was not on.

—Anna Gare[5]

At this time, she formed a small catering business, Deluxe Catering,[6][10] in 1999, which she continued to operate until June 2007.[11]

In 1993 she had a small role in Stark, a British-Australian television miniseries, based on the bestselling novel Stark by English comedian and her future brother-in-law, Ben Elton.[12]

Gare also began working in television. She worked on ABC’s Consuming Passions[5] as Ian Parmenter’s assistant, "preparing the dish he had prepared earlier"[10] and was also involved in recipe development and food styling for the series cook book.

In 2004 she was inducted into the Western Australian Music Industry's Hall of Fame, as she had previously been inducted to the Rock 'n' Roll of Renown in 1993.[13]

Following her TV experience with Parmenter, Gare went on to presenting her own cooking segment on magazine chat show called Perth at Five.[5] The program was shot live and ran weeknights for four months. Gare has also presented a documentary on Fremantle, segments on Today Tonight and cooking segments with Perth DIY show Nuts and Bolts.[4] Anna also featured in and narrated a five-part series, Chefs Christmas,[5] for The LifeStyle Channel.[4] The series features various Australian chefs and cooks, who invite viewers into their homes to share their festive entertaining 'secrets'.[14]

In 2007 Gare co-starred with chefs Ben O'Donoghue and Darren Simpson in The Best in Australia on The LifeStyle Channel.[5][10] The show is filmed in her parents home, a converted church, in North Fremantle,[6] the program was positively received and Gare has just finished shooting the second series which premiered on The LifeStyle Channel in August 2010.

Gare was nominated for 'Favourite Female Personality' at the 6th Annual ASTRA Awards in 2008.[5][15]

In late 2008 she was approached by the producers of Masterchef Australia and auditioned for the position of mentor, host or judge on the show. Gare however pulled out of the audition process deciding to spend more time with her family rather than participating in the show, which was being filmed in Sydney.[16] She has subsequently appeared as an additional judge on the first series of Junior MasterChef Australia. The series premiered on 12 September 2010.

In 2013 Gare will co-host the The Great Australian Bake Off an Australian reality television baking competition.[17]

Personal[edit]

Gare has two children, Jackson and Elsie, and her partner is former Australian and NBA player Luc Longley.[5][10][16][18]

Gare's sister, Sophie, is married to English comedian and author Ben Elton.[5][19]

Discography (Jam Tarts Nansing)[edit]

  • Never Staying Still (1989)[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anna Gare". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 20 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Anna Gare interviewed by John Bannister in the Perth Independent Music project". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Brown, Pam (9 April 2007). "Cookin up the best". The West Australian (West Australian Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 14 June 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d "Anna Gare". The Lifestyle Channel. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Szabo, Sarah (Autumn 2010). "Recipe for Happiness" (51). Scoop Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d Ganska, Helen (22 June 2007). "The best in Fremantle". The Sunday Times (News Corporation). Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Gilded Balloon Programmes and Awards". Gilded Balloon. Retrieved 10 August 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Freeman-Greene, Suzy (3 April 1987). "Permutations of prolific jammers". The Age (Australia). Retrieved 3 December 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Pursuit of Happiness". IMDb. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d Kelly, Jim (7 June 2007). "Anna combines two passions". The Sunday Times (News Corporation). Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Deluxe Catering". Deluxe Catering. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Stark". IMDb. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "WAM Hall of Fame". Western Australian Music Industry. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "Chefs Christmas". The Lifestyle Channel. Retrieved 10 August 2009. [dead link]
  15. ^ Knox, David (26 March 2008). "2008 ASTRA nominees announced". tvtonight.com.au. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  16. ^ a b Williams, Gail (25 July 2009). "Top WA chef Anna Gare chooses family over Masterchef fame". The Sunday Times (News Corporation). Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  17. ^ http://channelnine.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8550663&id=8377378
  18. ^ Hampson, Katie (9 April 2007). "Longley rushed to save kids". The West Australian (West Australian Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 10 August 2009. [dead link]
  19. ^ Halliday, Claire (15 November 2002). "Ben's lowdown on the high life". The Age (Melbourne: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 10 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Never Standing Still – Jam Tarts". Amazon.com. Retrieved 10 August 2009. 

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