Winners of Best of the Best in Ireland from the past 25 years – Gourmand Awards
The Gourmand Awards are celebrating 25 years and have created the Best of the Past 25 years for each Country. It is the selection from the Gourmand World Awards, including only entries that can still be found easily and are a lasting reference. Yearly Guides are not included. There is only one entry per category.
It is quite an achievement to be on the list. We estimate that from 1995 to 2020 the world production of food and drink books was multiplied by four, from 20.000 to 80.009 a year, with over one million published in 25 years. Ireland followed that trend. The worldwide growth is increasing, with more and more digital ebooks, free or for sale. There are also more and more self published books, with and without ISBN.
“From the million books published in 25 years, less than a thousand books are on the list of the Gourmand Awards. as Best of the Best, from over 100 countries. Ireland does much better than average, with 14 entries” – Edouard Cointreau Gourmand Awards, President
“We are thrilled to be awarded one of the Best Publications in Ireland over the past 25 years, to have our brand named beside the cream of the Irish Food Industry is quite humbling” – Keith Mahon, Managing Director, TheTaste.ie
The Best of the Best list for Ireland includes
A03 Chef Book – Donegal Table, Brian McDermott (Dufour Editions 2018)
A06 Special Award- Grow, Cook, Eat, Darina Allen (Kyle Books 2017)
A10 Innovative – Knit & Nibble, James McIntosh (2017)
A11 Entertaining -Irish Seaweed Christmas Kitchen, Prannie Rhatigan (2018)
A15 Cooking School – All in the Food, 75 Years of Cathal Brugal Street, Frank Cullen (O’Brien 2018)
B04 Magazine Paper – Go Wild (2018)
B04 Media Digital – TheTaste.ie (2015)
C18 Asia – Saba, The Cookbook, Paul Cadden (2011)
D06 Food Tourism – Feast or Famine, Emmett McCourt (Guildhall 2015)
E05 Fish & Seafood – Sea Gastronomy, Michael O’Meara (Artisan House 2015)
E06 Vegetarian – Cafe Paradiso Cookbook, Denis Cotter (Atrium 2001)
F02 Fund Raising Africa – Fishwives, Meg Kirwan (2016)
F07 Fund raising Europe – The Cookbook, Alice O’Farell (2016)
W2-7 Cooking with Drinks – Pure Indulgence, Creating with Baileys (A & A Farmar 2000)
Each of these Irish Winners will go forth to the Global Gourmand Awards in June and hopefully some of the Irish Entries will Achieve Best of the Best in the World. Best of luck to all the Irish Winners.