Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Peter Howard

Peter Howard


Veteran food and wine commentator

After 44 years of cooking and hospitality industry involvement, Peter Howard is now retired from being one of Australia’s most recognised food and wine commentators and consultant on food, wine and tourism issues. His grounding came from being born into a great family who lived mostly in Beaudesert—although he started life in Brisbane and spent some years in St George.

For 16 years, Peter’s national television segments entertained and educated millions of people around Australia on the Channel 9 network, mostly on the Today Show. Peter also spent three decades keeping Australian audiences informed of the latest trends in food and wine with regular radio interviews and articles in magazines and newspapers. Today, Peter makes rare appearances on TV and radio when needed.

The foundation of Peter’s success is his professional background and his multiple experiences in the hospitality industry, having owned and operated four restaurants, and a large catering company.

Peter has penned 19 books—2 are text books with co-author Jeffery Puckeridge, the others are cookery books which he has sometimes co-authored. The last eight (with New Holland Publishers) have been under his own pen.

The two books he has written on diabetic cooking (he is a type 2 diabetic) have been very successful, so much so, it has been combined into one book and called Healthy Living + Entertaining. Peter works as much as he can to bring the awareness of diabetes to everyday people.

Peter was a councillor on the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales for nine years and was chair of the Dairy Produce Committee which conducts the annual Cheese and Dairy Produce Show – he still judges occasionally.

His cooking demonstrations were legendary around Australia—he cooked on stage at the Royal Easter Show for 22 years and at the Brisbane Ekka for 11 years with Alison Alexander.

Peter was involved in the G’day LA and USA programs for five years and has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 1996.

Retirement has not dulled his love for his country which he maintains has given him the best life ever.