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2018 - 2019
2019 has brought a year of great change for Oliver and whilst the plan was to travel in Australia visit culinary friends across the broad landscape. Family and personal matters has brought the postponement of all travel. However 2020 is the new date, and a keen photographer and writer, Oliver is keen to celebrate the exceptional, the unusual and the iconic.
Ann Oliver and Kaaren Palmer continue to collaborate on special Champagne events and Oliver's undying passion for the best effervescent drop sees her constantly working on food matches for specific Champagne styles and houses. Oliver's interest in wine is broad and she continues to be highly regarded for her ability to match food to wine.
Until recently Oliver continued to cook occasionally for Penfolds at their exclusive Kalimna Homestead located in the Barossa Valley. A ten year love affair with the role, and a life long passion for the Penfolds brand, the catering at their homestead will be in the safe hands of the Magill Estate Restaurant team led by Scott Huggins. Ann will continue to cook and consult very occasionally for a small group of long-term clients from the wine industry.
In addition to this, Oliver has picked up her brushes again and is preparing for an exhibition 2020, possibly coinciding with Tasting Australia.
Much of 2018 was spent gaining new web design skills which are being put to good use on her web site www.cuisine-extreme.com and she completed new web sites for Thorn Park by the vines, in the city and on the island thornpark.com.au
2018 also gave Oliver and an opportunity to focus on her new web site www.cuisine-extreme.com
The plan to migrate the significant content from the 10 year old www.galaxyguides.com to the new site cuisine-extreme.com progressed slowly. Kaaren Palmer has a new site which is exclusively devoted to Champagne
last updated 20 June, 2019
After three years Ann finished at Chianti Adelaide at the end of June 2017 and continues to cook and consult to a handful of favourite clients with occasional work. She is pursuing a number of creative projects including a very exciting rebrand for Galaxy Guides that will go live November 1, 2017.
For the first time since 1981 when she opened Mistress Augustine's restaurant, Ann is finding the time to explore the dozens of culinary ideas that have been set to one side for a long time. Of course, writing and painting are high on her list.
In 2018 Ann hopes to travel in wild Australia looking for crazy cooks, professional and domestic...expect something very sideways!!
2015 - 2016
Ann Oliver continues to work on a regular basis for Penfolds at their Barossa property in the Kalimna vineyards.
Additionally Ann has stayed with the Chianti Adelaide team as their consultant chef with a very hands-on role. She has also expanded that role to take on marketing, press/media which also encompasses web site and social media for Chianti. It is clear that the Favaro Family and head chef and part owner Tobias Gush have developed a strong bond with Ann and she is equally loyal and invigorated by the critical success of their relationship.
A stable venue at Chianti, and indulgent management has allowed Oliver to participate in many great lunches and dinners since 2014. The success of these events has continued to grow...to see the 2016 program please CLICK HERE. For general events including Giro d’Italia dinners and lunches CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Chianti list.
Galaxy Guides Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer will launch her book about Champagne in Reims, France, in April this year.
There will be a Champagne event at Chianti hosted by Kaaren later this year. Places for Kaaren's Champagne events sell out very quickly. Subscribers receive a one week advance notice before they are available on the web site and social media. To subscribe to
Galaxy Guides recipes continue with consistent traffic and there are plans to completely re-brand at the end of 2016...so stay tuned.
Art may seem rather on the back burner for the minute, but, Ann is working towards her first large exhibition in many years, most likely early 2017. However she is participating in a 2016 SALA exhibition in August 2016...EAT OUR ART..at BAR TORINO (sibling to Chianti). This is a group exhibition from the many Chianti and Bar Torino staff who participate in the arts.
last updated February 27, 2016
Ann Oliver plays and active role in the world of food and wine. She continues to work for Penfolds at their Barossa Valley Kalimna homestead, is planning several fine wine dinners showcasing the very best of old and new world wines in particular Champagne for 2014.
Champagne continues to be a passion for Oliver and this year she has worked with Chianti Classico team to do a brunch for Billecart in March and in June a very special dinner introducing the stunning Besserat Champagnes to devotees.
Oliver is currently consulting to Chianti Classico in Adelaide and continues to work as a graphic artist, artist and web designer. Add to that her main web site www.galaxyguides.com where she is both food editor and publisher continues to grow and develop.
After the success of her 2013 exhibition EAT MY ART as part of the annual SALA 2014 (South Australian Living Artists Festival) Ann will exhibit her work from August 4 to 22, 2014 at Chianti Classico, 160 Hutt Street, Adelaide South Australia.
To read more about Ann's 2014 exhibition please CLICK HERE
Ann continued to work extensively for Penfolds wines at their Barossa Kalimna Homestead. One of the highlights of her year for her was to stage the launch part for Milton Wordley's 'A Year in the Life of Grange'. This superb homage to Penfolds Grange is now nominated for multitudinous awards across the world.
The Galaxy Guides COOKS' CLUB continued to expand and with Galaxy Guides Champagne editor Kaaren Palmer they staged a number of applauded Champagne dinners and classes focused around Champagne.
As Galaxy Guides continues to grow it becomes more and more demanding time wise, but after six years it is an established leader in concise professional restaurant reviewing, recipes that work, and fabulous contributions from knowledgeable contributors.
In July Ann staged her first EAT MY ART an exhibition of her watercolours and oils and co-timed lunches with matched food and wine.
Oliver runs a busy schedule that encompasses all of her many skills.
Brought new challenges for Ann Oliver and unsurprisingly a reinvigorated passion for cooking with her role for Penfolds Wines complimenting Magill Estate Restaurant with a rural South Australian Penfolds experience at their Kalimna homestead. It doesn’t go unnoticed by visitors that they are reverentially visiting what is believed to be the world’s oldest vineyard, Block 42, nor does the sheer beauty of the Barossan view from the homestead ever fail to enchant the guests.
Ann continues to work on her priority web site www.galaxyguides.com delivering precise dining reviews and good information for travellers with a sense of adventure and a willingness to experience from the smallest to the most expensive price. This is not to say there is something for everyone, there is not, however if you are obsessed about food, wine and travel your are bound to enjoy!
Amongst her many assignments in 2012 she particularly enjoyed rediscovering The Riverland while preparing for their annual Chefs of the Murray Dinner. Ann also conducted cooking classes at the Renmark Hotel. Subject matter, well citrus of course, cooking with roses (of course) and a hands–on bread class.
At the time when most people would be thinking about slowing down Ann Oliver’s energy and passion for food wine and travel remain undiminished. She continues to work at the highest level for the wine industry and also continues to cook for smaller private functions and the corporate sector.
Web design and maintenance in the hospitality and tourism industry continues to be a significant area of Ann’s work where she has carved herself a niche being in the unique position of being able to build, design and maintain web sites, take quality images and be able to write food, wine and tourism click here to see some of Ann’s other sites.
This year Ann has branched out into events within the galaxy guides In April this year Ann worked with David Laris at Sinan Mansion in Shanghai conducting a very successful South Australian promotion click here for full details. 12 Chairs, the main focus of the promotion has subsequently been awarded best fine dining in Shanghai. Next week Ann will be the guest chef for the annual South Australian Champagne Bureau Dinner at Windy Point Restaurant click here to see the menu and Champagnes. Sunday October a second organic and biodynamic lunch at Paxton Vineyards Cellar Door.
Ann Oliver’s COOKS’ CLUB continued to grow in popularity because of the in–depth teaching and passion behind detail and seasonality and imparting a skill by driving home the maths and chemistry of cooking with a great deal of passion and creativity click here for class details.
March cold + hot + sweet and offal Ann’s Adelaide Festival Supper Club at the Red Ochre Grill 47 soufflés on the last night Ann described it as lot of fun.
Ann continued to contribute to the Adelaide Independent Weekly until it stopped it’s conventional print paper at the end of November 2010. Consulting and recipe development and images for many clients.
This year Ann has completed new web sites for The Conservatory Garden and Home and Red Ochre Grill and River Cafè and Adelaide Luxe Beach House and Beach House Studio and Fermentasian a new Barossan restaurant.
Ann continues to do recipe development, images and maintain the Southern Rocklobster Limited web site and is food editor for CHEF NEWS for Southern Rocklobster Limited USA.
Ann is devoted to her main web site www.galaxyguides.com where she has extensive restaurant reviews and recipes and there is new food, wine, travel and recipes every week.
Ann worked extensively with chef owner Justin Miles at Windy Point Restaurant and for two months until the end of 2010 Ann cooked the weekly Rockford Stonewall Table Lunches in the Barossa Valley.
Ann plays many roles in the world of food and wine, but whether it be food and travel writing, restaurant reviews recipe development, taking images, building web sites or painting food, her drive and energy for the world of food and wine remains undaunted!
A revamped web site for Paracombe Wines and a brand new web site for Mitchell Wines.
Ann continued to publish weekly content in the Independent Weekly and food editor for Southern Rocklobster LimitedChef News where she is responsible for developing recipes, producing their html newsletter whilst at the same time helping develop the American market for the company.
In January Ann added food to Galayx Guides where she has the dual roles of food editor and publisher. 2010 will see a brand new web site for Galaxy Guides, fully searchable recipes and restaurant reviews and also expects to complete Australia .
In August Ann exhibited mixed works of photography, water colours and oils at Rockford Wines as part of SALA (South Australian Living Artists). Ann also added the national store Wheel&Barrow to her client base doing photographs and recipes for their Christmas stock.
Ann is currently consulting in a creative role to the Sparr Group’s restaurants Windy Point Restaurant and Café, Red Ochre Restaurant, River Torrens Café and the Sebel Playford Hotel Adelaide.
About to start work on a new web site for the beautiful Conservatory Home and Garden shop Ann is also working on a promotion for the 2010 Adelaide Festival of Arts a supper club in Adelaide city. Stay tuned with everything that is happening by signing up to receive the Galaxy Guides newsletter click here
2008 started with an assignment in Chengdu for the Changfu Group where Ann was engaged to teach the group’s master chefs some western cuisine.
On going commitment to Southern Rocklobster Limited playing a key role in the company’s entry into the high-end restaurant market in America. Ann is responsible for the recipe and technique development for the company and also edits their html newsletter CHEF NEWS.
Ann continued to design and build web sites, most recently Thorn Park by the Vines the superb reincarnation of Thorn Park Country House.
Ann continued to write a week restaurant review for the Independent Weekly
Many cooking assignments for the wine industry.
Ann continued to devote huge energy to Galaxy Guides as food editor and publisher.
2007 started with the ending of an assignment opening Buskers a cute little café catering to tourists and locals at the head of the Adelaide Rundle Mall. The next day it was off to Shanghai to do the launch party for the American company TOUCH MEDIA. A huge and ritzy event for 600 people it was a challenge. A massive five days prep a couple of days catching up with friends in Shanghai and collecting material for Galaxy Guides and it was back to Adelaide.
2007 was a year of great assignments, mass recipe development, especially for Australian Southern Rocklobster Limited.
in2 food – weekly contribution of complete pages for Adelaide Independent, 2007 is the fifteenth year of weekly contributions to food pages in Australian press
Especial highlights were
• Rockford Wines Stonewall lunches while their chefs took holidays
• Cooking classes for Willabrand Figs and Thorn Park Country House
• Olive oil judging - Olives SA and Fiesta McLaren Vale Show
• Fiesta event at Talinga Grove ‘come to the casbah’
• The Lucia’s family wedding eight courses all cooked on site (including the bread) at Bird in Hand Wines
• And of course no kitchen to speak of, the Annual Clare Valley Winemakers lunch
• Multitudinous large events for the wine and food industry
• Web sites for The Miner’s Cottage and maintaining, Windy Point Restaurant and Café, Paracombe Wines,
Lucia’s Fine Foods, Sauchin, Coates Wines, Willabrand Figs
• Continued contributions to Australian Southern Rocklobster web site and taking on the role of food editor for a series of CHEF NEWS aimed at the high end of international cooking
• Liang Tang (T8 Shanghai) and Lily Wang (Laris Shanghai) our first traineeships with more to follow.
• Reviewing for Galaxy Guides in Western Australia, the Margaret River and Brisbane
A great year full of diverse assignments and stimulating challenges.
• October 2007 A collaboration with the Associates in Glass Blowing at Adelaide’s prestigious JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design’ Centre - an official TASTING AUSTRALIA EVENT
Amongst many assignments including food for the Adelaide Independent.
A hard copy Galaxy Guides, a collaboration between Dr Alex Burridge and Ann Oliver was a successful entre for both into independent restaurant reviewing. For the food and wine obsessed Oliver and Burridge cover a broad spectrum of price ranges and cuisines with a refreshing lack of generic reviews.
Visit the web site www.galaxyguides.com and join the newsletter. Not a great deal of time for painting and a lot of new web sites developed by www.annoliver.com
Oliver can write the words, take the photographs, do the design and then build the sites. She loves it!
After spending three months in Shanghai in 2004, three exhibitions and a promotion at Steven Hansen’s River Café in Singapore Ann returned to freelance assignments in Adelaide. Between assignments she worked on her own food, wine and tourism web site, a restaurant guide for Adelaide with Dr Alexandra Burridge and a new exhibition that was an official TASTING AUSTRALIA event. Widely supported by the South Australian wine industry she finds inspiration from wine and food and is never short of new ideas inspired by her travels.
The Independent Weekly gave Ann a reintroduction to weekly food pages where her respected recipe writing quickly re-established her readership.
After completeing her contract to open the Ramada Plaza Pier Hotel, Ann spent three months painting and held another exhibition The Other Side of Me. Mid November 2003 she left for Jordan where she assisted Jordanian national Yazan Akeel to collect thesis material for a Masters in the Art of Gastronomy with Le Cordon Bleu at the University of South Australia. His topic, ‘The changing diet of the Bedouin’ focussing particularly on their inability to be truly nomadic due to the vastly changed border situation. They spent significant time in the desert (in Jordan on the border of Syria and Iraq) visiting and staying with tribes and collected extensive material.
Ten days in Athens collecting material for a pre-Olympic dining story and material about wild foods and the history of hunting for ASSA was followed with five weeks in Shanghai and Beijing collecting food and travel material. In particular Ann investigated wine sales, consumption and palate preferences in the burgeoning Chinese middle class.
After returning to Australia in February 2004 Ann continued cooking at a very high level specifically for food and wine, and concentrated on the preparation of the sauchin04 web site and project management of a South Australia China Wine and Food Promotion in Shanghai spanning some 10 weeks from September to November 2004 - www.sauchin.com
This promotion was an affiliation with David Laris and Laris Shanghai which was subsequently number one restaurant in China for two consecutive years.
MAY 2002 – JUNE 2003
Opening chef/Executive chef Ramada Plaza Pier Hotel, Glenelg, South Australia. The venue has three restaurants a small functions facility and coffee shop. As part of the pre opening period responsible for staff employment, accoutrements, menu costing, recipes development and documentation staff training etc. Played a very hands-on role in kitchen management.
Regular writing assignments maintained with
The Adelaide Advertiser Food and Wine section
WINESTATE magazine, tourism and other publications.
HIGHLIGHTS the Hardy Wine Company post vintage technical conference 120 pax 6 days in the South Australian Flinders Ranges, three semi-trailers of food and wine…performance dinners, breakfast, morning and afternoon smoko, lunch and dinner....and Oliver, despite about tree seconds sleep a day didn't miss a beat!
Ann joined e-wine exchange in 2001 as their food editor and worked with colleague winemaker Jane Paull to develop and extensive food and wine web site for them. Whilst this was an extremely demanding position Ann continued to write a weekly column for the Adelaide Advertiser, where by this time she had developed a very strong following.
From this position Oliver was lucky enough to develop skills with building web sites and coding and added this to her graphics background. Sadly the company was caught in the collapse of the NASDAQ and was unable to continue its operation.
During this time she also attended the Slow Food Symposium and the Salon del Gusto in Bologna Italy.
2001 July - Guest Chef Laffite Restaurant the Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 1998 – October 1999
Opening Radisson Hotel and Suites Adelaide
Responsible for main restaurant and special prestigious events including extensive catering opportunities for the group while there
highlights of the year
Mitchell Wines 25 year celebration – Clare Valley, South Australia
Wedding for 300 for Bill and Evanka Mouradellis – Riverland, South Australia
Michelin Food and Wine Writer’s dinner under the TASTING AUSTRALIA banner
WINESTATE wine of the year dinner
Regular contributor Advertiser Newspapers Limited Food & Wine
Photographic design and food styling consultant
Consulting Sparr Group
Catering and special events
Guest Chef Balke’s restaurant, Hyatt Regency, Adelaide
Guest Chef, Rockford Wines Steam Powered Cruises
Co-editor 2nd edition DINE an independent South Australian restaurant guide published by Wakefield press
Regular contributor Advertiser Newspapers Limited Food & Wine pages
In February 1996 while on Kangaroo Island organizing a cooking class Ann had a serious car accident and in the end to speed up her recovery and escape the cold weather she went to Greece in September and returned in January 1997.
In February 1997 she returned to full time work.
Part-time Chef Astor Hotel as part of an agreement with their receivers Ernst and Young Ann was employed to restructure the operation.
Cooking classes for David Jones Limited that proved to be extremely successful and found a very large following.
Regular contributor Advertiser Newspapers Limited Food & Wine pages
Owner Chef/Restaurateur Mistress Augustine’s Restaurant
Executive/head chef, hands-on plus all facets of restaurant management including marketing at wholesale markets and securing the very best available produce. In modest surroundings the restaurant achieved a two hat rating and Ann a reputation for cutting edge food, fantastic produce and legendary desserts.
Mistress Augustine’s became a destination for all national and international visitors to Adelaide.
Late night suppers during Festivals of Arts, Grand Prix and large concerts the restaurant often stayed open till daylight.
1989 – Adelaide Advertiser Food & Wine Guide Chef of the Year
Courvoissier's Top 100 Restaurants in the World
Prior to opening Mistress Augustine’s Restaurant Ann Oliver worked as a scientific illustrator and graphic artist. Her starting point EMI Electronics where she worked on various restricted programs for the Australian Government that later led her to ISI International and from there she moved to Teknis Pty Limited where she was responsible for all the documentation. A cutting edge electronics business she worked closely with engineers on highly complex and innovative projects including railways signalling systems for the mining industry.
During this period she also conducted a small graphics business Ingleberne Graphics and did several small magazines including the South Australian Science Teachers Journal, The South Australian English Teachers Journal and the Australian Physicist for many years.
During much of this period her art was directed to fabric printing and sewing garments from that fabric.
After 35 years in the world of food and wine Ann continues to revel in working with other chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs and insists there is always something new to be learned. Oliver jokes she is the oldest work experience on the planet but also says her cooking is the sum of the many people whom have shared their skills with her.
1998 - MG Garage, Sydney Australia - chef Janis Krytsis
1991 - Harvey's London UK - chef Marco Pierre White - Michelin *
1991 - L'Esperance, Verzalay France - chef Marc Meneau
1991 - Les Crayeres, Reims France - chef Gerrad Boyer - Michelin ***
1998 - Chez Panise, San Fransisco USA - chef Paul Bertoli
1984 & 1988 - K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, New Orleans USA
chef Paul Prudhomme
Daniel Sparr, Managing Director CEO Sparr Group, the Sebel Playford Adelaide, South Australia..Windy Point Restaurant and Cafe...email
Robert O'Callaghan and Pam O'Donnell, Rockford Wines...email
David Wilson, Ritz Carlton Dubai....email
Ray Mauger, chef owner Red Ochre Grill and River Cafe, Adelaide, South Australia....email
Simon Wilkinson, Advertiser Newspapers National Deputy Food & Wine Editor..email
Nigel Hopkins, COMJO Communications - regular contributor to Qantas inflight, InDaily and Adelaide Hills Magazine....email