PROFILE SECRET LIFE
GEORGIE, JESSICA AND MAXINE THOMPSON
WORDS KATE CLIFFORD PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED
WHEN THREE FOOD-LOVING WOOMBYE SISTERS COMBINED FORCES, A RECIPEWRITING, COOKBOOK-MAKING, FOODIE TRIFECTA WAS BORN. KATE CLIFFORD CATCHES UP WITH THE GIRLS ONE YEAR AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE BOOKERY COOK.
n old-fashion camp stove and a pot belly oven is where it all began. Twins Maxine and Georgie Thompson, 27, and their older sister Jessica Thompson, 31, rejoice in their camp-style upbringing on a 10-acre property in Woombye, where they had lived in a small shed with their parents while a house was being built. Every night they would cook on an open fire, toast marshmallows, chat about their day at school and laugh at their parent’s jokes. Later on, when the house was built, they would sneak into the dining room to watch their parents host dinner parties for their friends. They would help their mother cook and sometimes experiment on their own. “Mum and Dad were really cool with us just going wild in the kitchen. It was never, ‘Don’t touch the sharp knives and don’t use the stove’,” Jessica remembers. It was this early love of sharing food with friends and family that sparked a passion for entertaining, which would ultimately lead to a published cookbook that has taken the world’s food loving culture and flipped it on its head, by combining art and food – something that has never been done before. A bit more than a year on from the release of The Bookery Cook in April last year, I catch up with the three sisters over Skype to hear about their adventures so far, and how living in three different corners of the world has brought them even closer together. “At the moment I am working in Hobart, Tasmania as a full-time chef. I moved from New York about eight months ago and it has been quite an interesting adjustment, especially when I finish work and nothing is open!” says Maxine. “It sometimes makes it hard to coordinate our daily Skype catch ups, with Jessie living in Melbourne and Georgie in London, but we make it work most days.” It is 6.30pm when we arrange to chat, 9am for Georgie in London, who joins the chat amidst making a pot of tea. I am surprised to hear the girls have not been together since December 14
Published on Jun 1, 2014