One of TV’s first celebrity chefs, Peter Russell-Clarke -now in his 80s- shows no signs of slowing down.
Russell-Clarke, who presented over 900 episodes saying “G’day” on Come and Get It for the ABC also turned his other skill, drawing cartoons, into painting.
One Malaysian businessman, liked his paintings so much he commissioned him to paint works for office buildings all around Asia.
“They buy big paintings, God bless them, seven foot by five foot big things and they order them in batches. They’ve asked me to go over to hold an exhibition in Malaysia in Penang. They’ve also asked me to do a television program over there,” he says.
He reflected on his varied career with ABC Radio National this week saying, “I was illustrating and writing for television when [TV] first started. In fact, I did the first flip-card that appeared on television; it was a caricature of Alwyn Kurts.
“But I also wrote the odd script and I thought there was a place for a cooking show. So I wrote a little script for a cooking show and I thought I’d put in a little bearded chef to do the presenting, because the fellow in front of the camera gets more money than the bloke who writes the bloody stuff.
“So I popped myself in front of the camera and said g’day.”
As nostalgia fans will remember, he also said a whole lot more in a now-infamous bloopers on You f***ing Tube -but they don’t make ’em like him anymore.
As he tells ABC, “I don’t retire because I’ve got nothing to retire from.”