Alison Holst

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Dame Alison Holst

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Holst in 2011
Alison Margaret Payne

1938 (age 80–81)
Known forFood writing
Television chef
RelativesPatricia Payne (sister)

Dame Alison Margaret Holst DNZM CBE QSM (née Payne, born 1938) is a best-selling New Zealand food writer and television chef.


Holst graduated from the University of Otago, then a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, with a Bachelor of Home Science and subsequently spent a year at Teachers' College. She then began lecturing in the Foods Department at the School of Home Science before starting her television career.[citation needed] Her first television programme premiered in 1965. The following year she published her first cookbook. Since then (as of 2010) her cookbooks have collectively sold more than four and a half million copies of 100 titles,[1] and she has appeared on numerous other television and radio shows as well as writing newspaper columns and magazine articles.

Since 1990 she has co-written several cookbooks with her son, Simon Holst.[citation needed] In November 2010 Holst appeared on Radio New Zealand's afternoon programme to deny rumours that she had been asked to be the next Governor General of New Zealand.[2]

Holst has described the style of food in most of her books as 'everyday food' and the recipes are generally written for home cooks and intended to be easy and reasonably cheap to make, as well as nutritious. Since 1994 she has marketed a brand of bulk wholefoods under the name Alison's Choice through the Foodstuffs supermarket company.[citation needed]


In the 1983 Queen's Birthday Honours, Holst received the Queen's Service Medal, for public services.[3] In the 1987 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to home science. In 1997, the University of Otago conferred Holst with an honorary Doctor of Science degree.[4]

In the 2011 New Year Honours, Holst was appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the food industry.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Interview with Jim Mora on Afternoons with Jim Mora show, Radio New Zealand National, on 6 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Alison Holst profile", The Republican Blog, 25 November 2010, archived from the original on 13 February 2013, retrieved 24 April 2016
  3. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49376, 10 June 1983; retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Honorary graduates". University of Otago Calendar (PDF). University of Otago. 2019. p. 119. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  6. ^ Dickison, Michael (31 December 2010). "NZ's honourable master chef". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2010.

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