If you didn’t know that Ireland had some of the best cookbooks in the world (on and offline) – now you know! The 21st Gourmand World Cookbook Awards took place at the end of May in Yantai, China. This is the only international culinary publishing awards in the world, which honours the best global food and wine publications, in print, digital and also on food television.
Recognised by chefs, restauranteurs, wine experts and food & drink writers across the world as ‘the Oscars of Culinary Publishing’, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. 3,000 people attended this prestigious event, with 205 countries being represented in the race. The Irish proudly took home some of these ‘best cookbooks’ awards which had some seriously tough competition in store. Check out the amazing titles awarded to these Irish men and women.
Best Digital Food Magazine in the World
First up is Ireland’s leading online food and beverage magazine TheTaste.ie. These guys took home the award for the Best Digital Food Magazine in the World. What a title! The duo behind it; Keith and Jules Mahon, started this amazing project from their kitchen table just 18 months ago and now they have been given this amazing award which is a fantastic achievement. Clearly these two have been working very hard as results like these are hard to come by in such a competitive industry. Nonetheless, they came out on top and put Ireland on the map for culinary importance.
When asked what he thought about receiving such an amazing award, Keith Mahon talked about how it’s mostly down to the chefs and restaurants of Ireland
“Without the product, there would be no magazine and really this Award belongs as much to the Irish hospitality community as it does to The Taste team. We are delighted to receive the Award, to win for Ireland at such a prestigious global event is a true honour.”
The Prestige Award
Next up is Trevis Gleason, who was presented with a Prestige Award by the International Jury for his book Chef Interrupted – Discovering Life’s Second Course in Ireland. This man, who is based in Dingle – is a former award winning chef and culinary director. Not to mention, he is also a world renowned Multiple Sclerosis blogger. Another example of some serious hard work and dedication, and no better man to be flying the flag for Ireland.
“The Gourmand Awards does not have a memoir category, but they felt Chef Interrupted was worth review for an award of special merit. For the book to be nominated to represent Ireland was beyond belief. To be given the Prestige Award by the International Jury was, indeed, an honour and surprise.”
Best Fish Cookbook in the World
The man behind the award winning Oscars Seafood Bistro in Galway – chef Michael O’Meara, took the Gourmand Award for the Best Fish Cookbook in the World for his publication Sea Gastronomy (Artisan House). Micheal was lucky enough to be able to attend this fantastic award ceremony in China. Speaking of his experience over there, O’Meara said:
“It was an incredible experience to travel to China for the Awards, meeting so many people from around the world, all filled with an absolute passion for food. The pride we felt when Sea Gastronomy was announced as the winner is indescribable. And then to have two more Irish wins! We were overwhelmed.”
Congratulations to all of the winners, yet another thing to add the list of things Ireland has: the best cookbooks. Thanks to Sync & Swim for sharing this fab news with me!
Photo credit: Marc O’Suillivan