Kate Shelton grew up on an isolated working property in northern NSW-largely sustainable in meat, dairy and vegetable production. The childhood, shaped and enveloped by the landscape was never boring. Along with hard work as part of a large family living one hundred kilometres from a town, there were many carefree hours, enjoying the bush, unsupervised.
The virtues of a simple life, interdependent with nature, animals and a caring community are deeply engraved and are recaptured alongside recipes and poignant memories in her book ‘Love of a Laminex Table- A sustainable Food Journey’.
The practical approach to life, dictated by the Australian bush were enriched with a city education and travel which introduced Jewish influences, years spent on a Greek island, African and Italian friends.
The embodiment of Kate’s creative journey was expressed in her ten years as owner of Benedict House, the former convent in Queanbeyan. Here she prepared food for the café with the same ethos of her childhood – growing, preserving, recycling and improvising with what is available. She used the building as a canvas for creativity- painting, jewellery design, fashion, crafts, events and delicious food. Business awards and a nomination for Australian Person of the Year in 2011 are a reflection of her thriving in and embracement of, the community.
In 2014 Kate moved to Melbourne to take up a studio at Abbotsford Convent and to be nearer family. She is also assisting in the establishment of a new Co-working, Café and Events Space in Richmond – Lennox Street Exchange.