Update! Two more Random House authors win Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
by Random House NZ on 7 January 2014
We are pleased to announce that two more Random House New Zealand authors have been recognised in the 2013 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards: Lauraine Jacobs is a winner in the New Zealand division’s Best Food Literature Book category for Everlasting Feast; and Robert Oliver has won the Samoa Division’s Best TV English Cookbook with Mea´ai Samoa.
Robert Oliver’s passion for the flavours of Polynesia is truly inspirational. His first cookbook, Me’a Kai: The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific, won the grand prize at the 2011 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. His latest cookbook, Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia, continues his award winning trend, already making history as the first book from and about Samoa to win a Gourmand Award.
London Cordon Bleu trained chef and Kiwi culinary legend Lauraine Jacobs is also no stranger to cookbook awards having won and judged many over her illustrious career. She became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009 for services to the food industry. Her winning Gourmand entry, Everlasting Feast: A Treasury of Recipes and Culinary Adventures, is a celebration of her many years of cooking and features 100 of her favourite tried and true recipes.
The Gourmand Awards celebrate global cookbook publishing and feature many world renowned chefs each year. Random House New Zealand is well represented in the 2013 awards with four other Random House New Zealand authors – Nadia Lim, Josh Emett, Michael Van de Elzen, and Karla Goodwin – having won prizes in their respective divisions. The grand prize winner will be announced 22 May 2014 at the Beijing Cookbook Fair Gourmand Awards. We wish our authors all the very best of luck!