Taste Canada Cookbook awards have announced the 2019 winners.
Taste Canada is a national not-for-profit that aims to inspire readers to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.
This important competition honours our amazing Canadian-authored books and blogs that cover an array of topics related to food in both official languages. The categories are: Canada’s culinary history, culinary narratives, regional and local food stories, seasonal foods and single ingredients, food trends at home and abroad, healthy food and nutrition, and everyday recipes for families.
Last year I was honoured to have my book shortlisted for a prize and this year I was honoured to be a judge for the awards.
Ninety cookbooks were entered into the competition and the shortlist announced in June narrowed down the competitors to a maximum of 5 entries per category. The 2019 Winners of Canada's National, Bilingual Food Writing Awards were presented at the Taste Canada Awards Gala on October 27 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, co-hosted by Mairlyn Smith and Hubert Cormier. For the entire list of winners and books that you must add to your current collections go to: https://tastecanada.org
Congratulations to all of the winners and all who entered.
The Hall of Fame Awards were presented to Naomi Duguid who is a prolific cookbook writer, culinary journalist, photographer, teacher, and world traveler. Her eight cookbooks have won multiple awards from the IACP, James Beard Foundation, and Taste Canada, and, posthumously to Jessie Read (1905–1940) who was a home economist who wrote a column called “Three Meals a Day” for the Evening Telegram. This award, sponsored by the Culinary Historians of Canada, goes to authors of a stellar culinary book or body of work that has had a lasting impact on Canadian cuisine.
The winners of Cooks the Books, a cooking competition that invites Canadian culinary students from across the nation to compete for the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs, were also announced at the Gala.
The gold medal was awarded to Sarah Ayach and Kathleen Williams from SAIT College (Calgary, Alberta) for their Duo of Alberta Beef with Fall Vegetables.
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