Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards 2014 Announcement of Winners
Taste Canada–The Food Writing Awards announced the winning entries in its four categories for both English and French language books. The competition drew 58 submissions this year, an eclectic collection of everything culinary from the Antarctic to Alice in Wonderland.
The winners were announced at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on October 20th, 2014 at Oliver & Bonacini’s Arcadian Court in Toronto, hosted by Ricardo Larrivée, cook, author, television star and lifestyle entrepreneur.
2014 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Culinary Narratives/Narrations Culinaires
The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement. Saul, Nick and Andrea Curtis. Random House Canada.
Les saveurs gastronomiques de la bière. Lévesque Gendron, David et Martin Thibault. Éditions Druide
General Cookbooks/ Livres de Cuisine Générale
The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses with Food and Drink. Waverman, Lucy and Beppi Crosariol. HarperCollins Publishers.
Dans la cuisine de Danny St-Pierre. St Pierre, Danny. Les Éditions La Presse.
Toronto Star Cookbook: More Than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario. Bain, Jennifer. Appetite by Random House.
Single-Subject Cookbooks/Livres de Cuisine Sujet Unique
Gastro Grilling: Fired-up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals. Reader, Ted. Penguin Canada Books.
Les Règles d’or des épices. De Vienne, Philippe et Ethné. Éditions du Trécarré
Taste Canada’s Hall of Fame Award for 2014 was conferred upon Michel Lambert, author of the multi-volume tome: L’Histoire de la cuisine familiale du Québec.
The Hall of Fame Posthumous Award went to Mona Brun (1920-2013), the British Columbia-born cookbook author and television personality.
Taste Canada used the occasion of its Gala Fundraiser to acknowledge the massive contribution to the culinary community of Toronto’s Cookbook Store, which closed its doors this past winter after 31 years in business. As author Rose Murray remarked, “it was the little store that thought big” and in the process, it became a Toronto institution.
Taste Canada also announced the appointment of a new National Chair, Donna Dooher, a chef, cookbook author, restaurateur and industry champion who will be assuming her new duties immediately.
“Donna and I go back several years ago. During this time I have come to understand and develop an appreciation for her tremendous influence in Canada’s food industry. Her gracious yet determined and savvy personality will bring substantial value to Taste Canada,” said Karen Gelbart, who is departing the role of National Chair after serving for the last three years.
Looking ahead to 2015, Taste Canada also announced the creation of a new award, The Food Blog Award, to be presented and administered in partnership with Food Bloggers of Canada.
“Bloggers are fast becoming some of Canada’s most prolific and talented food writers. The evidence is everywhere, bookshelves, online stores and numerous publications. As an organization with over 1,500 Canadian food bloggers as members, we are delighted to partner with Taste Canada to introduce a new award in 2015 that will recognize blogging as its own unique medium. Our goal will be to celebrate and promote the outstanding writing that can be found online by Canadian food bloggers.” said Melissa Hartfiel, co-founder and Managing Director of Editorial for Food Bloggers of Canada.
Taste Canada wishes to thank the sponsors, judges, donors and volunteers – as well as the chefs, wine makers and brewers who supported Taste Canada’s Gala reception and added glamour and “taste” to the awards.
Gala Reception Culinary Contributors:
Chef Joshua Dyer (EPIC, Fairmont Royal York Hotel)
Chef Matt Dean Pettit (Rock Lobster)
Chef Brad Lomanto (Cambridge Mill Restaurant, Landmark Group)
Chef Michael Robertson & Chef Jamie Meireles (Oliver & Bonacini)
Chef Ted Reader (Ted’s World Famous BBQ)
Chef Vanessa Yeung (Aphrodite Cooks)
Chef Tawfik Shehata (The Toronto International Centre)
Chef Andrew Richmond (La Carnita)
Chef Dufflet Rosenberg (Dufflet Pastries)
Cheeses by The Cheese Boutique, breads by Fred’s Bread, wines by Niagara College Teaching Winery and beers by Samuel Adams.
About Taste Canada–The Food Writing Awards
Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 that recognizes and celebrates superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French. The Taste Canada Awards are the highest honour for food writing in the country. Presented in Toronto each fall, these awards are a unique cultural, social and gastronomic highlight. Connect with Taste Canada–The Food Writing Awards on Twitter @tastecanada
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