Celebrity “Country Cook” Maggie Beer is probably best known for being half of the TV duo “The Cook and The Chef”. She is also a winemaker, a gourmet food producer and exporter, restaurateur and an award-winning author. She thinks that she has inherited her very strong work ethic from her parents who, after going through the trials and tribulations of bankruptcy re-invented themselves as caterers.
She remembers her mother as a sunny person with a very positive approach to life who loved entertaining and always saw the bright side of things, even when the family was going through the bankruptcy. She had a real joy for life and positive approach that Maggie also believes she has inherited. She wonders if this "courage in the face of adversity" is a family trait.
Maggie Beer was born Margaret Ann Ackermann. Her parents were Ronald Ackermann & Doreen Carter. Maggie knows very little of her family story. She knows that her father’s ancestors were German, who lived at Hill End in regional NSW and were gold miners and she is fairly sure they were Jewish. She has a strong sense of her Jewish ancestry but, as yet, no evidence for it. She doesn’t know when or why her father’s ancestors came to Australia or precisely where they came from.
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