Jason Ford's recipes preserved in history
WHEN Jason Ford was a young apprentice chef 30 years ago, he never thought his recipes would be picked up and exhibited alongside the likes of Darrell Lea and Aeroplane Jelly.
The Kingaroy chef was recently caught off guard when an email from the State Library of Queensland landed in his inbox telling him his website was chosen to be archived with the National Library of Australia.
Mr Ford said the news was completely unexpected.
"It really came out of the blue, I never thought in a million years something like this would happen," he said.
"And I was like 'wow, mine's been chosen among those other big names'.
"How brilliant is that."
Mr Ford described his website as a "snapshot of contemporary food and cooking for our era".
"Someone in the future might come across it sometime looking at history of food in Queensland, and in a way it's a legacy, albeit a small one," he said.
"Just the thought it will have a permanent life after I'm gone is pretty cool."
Mr Ford said the website, where he shared recipes, stories and artwork, was a great form of creative expression.
"It's about building something of wonder, and sharing what the South Burnett has in a creative way," he said.
The Kingaroy-based chef said he loved both food and art, and it was a passion of his to combine the two.
"Every time I create a plate of food I try to make it look appealing and colourful," he said.
Mr Ford said self- publishing online was a fantastic way for everyone to share their story.
"There's always an audience out there, always someone interested," he said.
"I would love to see more of our locals tell their stories.
"And who knows, it could be picked up by the National Library Archive too."
To learn more visit www.fordonfood.com.au.