One of the biggest changes Sue has seen in recent years is the rise of male interest in cooking.
30 years ago, her customer base was almost exclusively female, but now she says it’s not unusual to have more men than women in an Accoutrement cooking class.
“In the 1950’s, a home kitchen was a woman’s domain,” Sue said, “and that didn’t really begin to change until the late 80s and early 1990s.”
“TV shows like MasterChef have also done great things for kids when it comes to interest and engagement with cooking, it’s wonderful to see children interested in knowing where their food comes from, and how to make things at home from scratch.”
Sue’s influence and contribution to Australia’s gourmet food scene have resulted in numerous accolades, including a Jaguar Award for Excellence – and a coveted place in the Sydney Morning Herald’s “Food Hall of Fame”.
After a tricky 18 months thanks to Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, Accoutrement is busy planning ahead for the festive season, with new products pouring in for local customers.
“It’s truly amazing to think I’ve been doing this for over four decades,” she says, “and I certainly have no plans to retire just yet.
“Who knows, maybe Accoutrement will be around for another 40 years!”