RENOWNED cook Maggie Beer was the guest speaker at the first Clifford Craig Medical Research Trust lunchtime conversation fund-raising event in Launceston yesterday.
In a relaxed lounge interview with Southern Cross newsreader Rachel Williams at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Beer spoke food, family and life, as well as her new book, Maggie's Christmas.
Beer said it had been a long time since her last visit to Launceston but she was very happy to help the efforts of the trust in continuing its much needed research.
Beer said she enjoyed coming to the state for the quality of fresh produce available, particularly the seafood and said it was great to see more smaller producers emerging on the food scene.
As the countdown to Christmas continues, Beer said Tasmanians should seek to use local fresh produce as much as possible on the big day.
``The things in season are the things you should be using,'' she said.
``I'm into simplicity, no stress and great flavour.''
Trust chief executive Peter Milne said the first lunchtime conversation event, which attracted 350 people, was very successful and sold out a number of weeks in advance.
Mr Milne said they hoped to hold two such gatherings a year with authors.