Home' Scoop : Scoop 52 Contents the UK at the end of 2009 and Anna says, "you
never know" about further sisterly collaborations.
"Sophie still plays -- she was in a funky bluesy
band in London doing the odd gig with comedian
Lenny Henry. The last time she lived here for a
little while we started up a country band called
Shonky Tonk just playing our favourite Lucinda
Williams -- good ole country."
But after the Jam Tarts demise it was a passion
for food rather than music that dominated the
next phase of Anna s life.
"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." After catering for a friend s
wedding she "accidentally" started a catering busi-
ness that, with a lot of hard work and the support of
family, became very successful over the next decade.
"One day I was doing the catering for a friend s
wedding in mum and dad s house. All the food
had just arrived and I had it on the table tennis
table. I m cooking, ordering everyone around. All
the family are running around helping me and Ben
(Elton) walks in, sees it and says this is terrible...
this is unfair -- Anna needs a kitchen! "
Coincidentally her architect dad, Bob, had
often pointed to a space beside the converted
church, that he had already redesigned as the fam-
ily home, saying he wanted to build another build-
ing there. "We used to say -- you re bloody mad,
dad but dad got to build the building, funded
by Ben (it was very generous) and it became my
kitchen. It was the best thing that ever happened."
Honing her skills and culinary expertise over
those years led to opportunities and some tentative
steps back into the limelight, albeit with a wooden
spoon in hand rather than maracas. Fellow Perth
muso and TV chef Ian Parmenter asked her to
help out behind the scenes of his cooking segment
Consuming Passions, on ABC TV. He shocked her
by exclaiming that she should be out front.
"She was a knockout because she was very
well organised," he says. "She has a great sense of
humour, which is very important in television, and
I just knew she would be great on camera too."
It took a few years and a little persuading but
Perth at Five was followed by cooking segments
on Today Tonight, the DIY show -- Nuts and Bolts
and a segment on a Lifestyle Channel show called
Chef s Christmas.
In 2007 she joined chefs Ben O Donoghue and
Darren Simpson in what has become a surprise hit
CHILDREN AND DIDN'T
FEEL LIKE DOING THE
ROCK AND ROLL THING
ANY MORE ..."
The Jam Tarts: Anna Gare,
Sophie Elton, Lucy Lemann,
and Jody Bell.
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