Matt Golinski enjoying the surf on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.
The smiles and laughter of three young sisters and their mother have been remembered one year on from the Boxing Day blaze that claimed their lives.
Celebrity chef Matt Golinski lost his wife Rachael and their three daughters, 12-year-old twins Sage and Willow and 10-year-old Starlia, in the fire that tore through their Sunshine Coast hinterland home on Boxing Day 2011.
Mr Golinski - the sole survivor of the blaze - was found with severe burns to 40 per cent of his body lying on the driveway of his fire-engulfed home.
Sad end ... Matt Golinski's wife, Rachael, with their daughters Starlia, Sage and Willow. Photo: John McCutcheon/Sunshine Coast Daily
The 40-year-old, who was well known across the country through his appearances on the Network Ten show Ready, Steady, Cook, remained in an induced coma for five weeks in hospital before embarking on a painful recovery.
He returned to the coast to live with his father Keith in April and has since returned to the kitchen, resumed exercise and regained his driver's licence.
He completed a 5km Sunshine Coast fun run in honour of his girls on June 30 - a day Sage and Willow would have celebrated their 13th birthday.
Celebrity Sunshine Coast chef Matt Golinski has spoken for the first time since the Boxing Day fire which claimed the lives of his family. Photo: Barry Alsop / The Sunshine Coast
Earlier this month, he hopped back on his surfboard for the first time.
Yesterday, the curator of a Facebook tribute page encouraged all those affected by the tragedy to take strength from the Golinski sisters and their mother.
"Never forget to take a moment and remember the cherished memories of loved ones lost," the page's administrator wrote.
"Remember the smiles, hear the laughter, and when you feel the warmth from the sun today know that they watch over you all with unconditional love and offer guidance in times of doubt."
An official fundraising trust - the Matt Golinski Recovery Fund Trust - was closed down on Wednesday with the chef directing proceeds to burns-related charities.
Mr Golinski has already passed on about $100,000.
A family spokeswoman said the chef was now focused on living a life that would make his wife and children proud.
"His main focus is on looking to the future and honouring the memory of his wife and children by living a life that would make them proud," the spokeswoman said.
He has said helping others would be just one way to honour their memory.