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Wed, 13 Jun, 2018Melody Teh

Why Maggie Beer will never retire

Why Maggie Beer will never retire

She’s 73 and has more than 50 years' experience in the hospitality industry, but that doesn’t mean Maggie Beer is hanging up her apron anytime soon.

"I'll never really retire," she tells TV WEEK. "I have a lot to do in life, so retirement isn't on the agenda.

"I can't imagine not being engaged in life, whatever path I take, until the very end."

Despite a very busy work schedule, the popular South Australian cook says she’s in good shape to keep up with it.

"I'm in 'rude health', as they say," she laughs. "I'm strong and fit for my age."

There is, however, one thing Maggie has had to cut back on.

"I now limit my glasses of wine to the weekends," Maggie says with a laugh. "It makes me appreciate wine even more."

The grandmother-of-six is back on our screens again as a regular guest judge on MasterChef Australia.

"That's my absolute go-to show," she says. "I love that these young people have put their lives on hold to follow something they're truly passionate about. I'm so often in awe of their abilities."

So who has she got pegged to take out the crown?

"I'd never declare a favourite," she smiles. "However, there's an indefatigable nature in Jess [Liemantara, the 19-year-old Melbourne waitress]. She has such a positive energy; so capable, so young."

Maggie has also been impressed by NSW social worker Hoda Kobeissi, 32.

"Her quiet, gentle nature and assurance with food from her culture really fascinates me," she says.