• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6177

Bilson, Gay

(1944 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1944, Melbourne Victoria Australia
  • Occupation Chef, Restauranteur, Writer


Gay Bilson was the chef and co-owner of Berowra Waters Inn, a restaurant located on an estuary of the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales. After the Berowra Waters Inn close in 2005, Gay opened the restaurant Bennelong, at the Sydney Opera House.

Gay’s book Plenty: digressions on food was named 2005 Age Book of the Year.

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Gay Bilson, circa 1970-1998 [manuscript]
    • Papers of Kate Fitzpatrick, 1947-2007 [manuscript]
  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Gay Bilson interviewed by Heather Rusden [sound recording]
  • National Portrait Gallery Research Library
    • Gay Bilson : portrait sitter file. / Gay Bilson

Related entries

  • Related Awards
    • Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers