GALA DINNER 2009
Australia has over 60 designated wine regions and the diversity of grapes and resulting wines is cause for celebration. So in 2009 the theme for the Gala Dinner was‘Vintage Oz’
Through his natural history and wildlife films and books, the world has had the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of Australia’s extraordinary wildlife and terrain and the Foundation considered Sir David Attenborough a worthy recipient of the 2009 Honorary Australian of the Year in the UK award.
Australia Day UK Awards 2009Sir David Attenborough’s Natural History films are the most watched on earth and he’s brought the world and its glories to our TV screens for over 50 years. Sir David has worked for the BBC since 1952. In a dazzling career he’s produced 21 series and written 16 books as well as hosting quizzes, political broadcasts, gardening and religious shows. He’s run BBC2, introduced colour to TV to Britain and in 1969 was made director of programmes for both the BBC’s television channels. But he resigned to return to programme making and in 1979 launched the landmark series, Life on Earth.
Matt Wilkin has proved that if you work hard to achieve your goal you will succeed, and the Australia Day Foundation considered him a most worthy recipient of the 2009 Young Australian Achiever of the Year in the UK award.
A South Australian who has lived in the UK for 10 years, Matt Wilkin has won a string of awards – most recently for his newly opened Princess Victoria gastro pub in west London, which won Time Out’s award for Best Gastro Pub 2008 within four months of opening.
When 15 year old Brett Graham was scaling fish at a restaurant in Newcastle NSW, little did he know that at the at the tender age of 26 he would be awarded a Michelin star within a year of opening The Ledbury in London’s Notting Hill and be recognised by his peers as one of the most talented and enthusiastic chefs to rise up in recent years. When asked to guest chef at the 2009 Gala Dinner in Australia House, Brett said he was excited about being involved in such a fantastic Australia Day celebration. Brett’s Australia Day menu included Western Australia Rock Lobster and Australian Lamb.
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