10 March 1969 |
Subiaco, Perth, Australia
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.
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
She started off her career as a musician when she was twelve she formed an all-girl band with her sister, Sophie, and two friends, Jodie Bell and Lucy Lemann, called the Jam Tarts. The band was managed by their mother, Kate Gare. 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, toured with Rik Mayall and Jonathon Richman. 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.
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
Gare went on to presenting her own cooking segment on magazine chat show called Perth at Five. 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. Anna also featured in and narrated a five-part series, Chefs Christmas, for The LifeStyle Channel. The series features various Australian chefs and cooks, who invite viewers into their homes to share their festive entertaining 'secrets'.
In 2007 Gare co-starred with chefs Ben O'Donoghue and Darren Simpson in The Best in Australia on The LifeStyle Channel. The show is filmed in her parents home, a converted church, in North Fremantle, the program was positively received and Gare has just finished shooting the second series which premiered on The LifeStyle Channel in August 2010. Currently, Best in Australia is being syndicated in the United States on Vibrant TV Network.
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. She has subsequently appeared as an additional judge on the first series of Junior MasterChef Australia. The series premiered on 12 September 2010.
Anna is the daughter of Bob and Kate Gare, and is one of four children. Her older brother Adam is a member of The Nansing Quartet, and her sister, Sophie, is married to English comedian and author Ben Elton.
Gare married a fellow Perth musician and had two children, Jackson and Elsie. In 2008 she married former Australian and NBA player Luc Longley, who has two daughters, Clare Hanna and Lily Samantha from a prior marriage.
Discography (Jam Tarts Nansing)
- Never Staying Still (1989)
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