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OFF MENU: Kylie Kwong, tonight on AUSTRALIAN STORY

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In the third and final instalment of Australian Story’s series on restaurateurs, Kylie Kwong looks back on her stellar 30-year career and reveals why it is time to embark on a new direction in life. 

“I’ll still be very much connected to the food industry, but I’ll just be doing it in a different way,” explains the chef, author and TV presenter.

Australian Story was with Kylie when she made the surprise announcement that she is closing her restaurant Lucky Kwong, named in honour of the stillborn son she had in 2012 with her wife, the contemporary artist known as Nell.  

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“The loss has really given way to this sense of nurturing,” says close friend and celebrity cook Nigella Lawson.

“But more than that, I think that it fires her up with a sense of what’s important.” 

Nigella Lawson.

Channeling her grief into something positive has been paramount for Kylie, 55, who has found a way to harness her abundance of maternal energy.

“In the last 12 years, Lucky has been my, my driving force,” she explains.

“He’s like my spirit guide. He is saying to me all the time, Mum, we have to be a force for good. And I’m like, okay, let’s do it!” 

Kylie Kwong.

In a poignant Australian Story, Kylie talks candidly about coming out to her parents at 19, how she and Nell dealt with trauma of losing Lucky and her plans for the future.

Presented by Leigh Sales, Producer: Sarah Grant.

Australian Story Monday 27 May at 8pm on ABC TV and ABC iview

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Kyle Laidlaw
Kyle Laidlaw
An avid media enthusiast of more than 10 years, Kyle regularly follows all things TV related, both in Australia and overseas with a particular interest in local free-to-air scheduling and new show commissions.
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