As the sun went down over Yantai Wine Bay in Shangdong Province the stage was set and the 20th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards took place last night. 205 countries were present with many sending their Ambassador to China to the Awards, some countries sent their Presidents. Corporations, writers, publishers, printers and photographers were all present, and Northern Ireland for the first time ever was listed as a country at the awards as a food writing place. Needless to say, Team NI did hugely well.
- Food NI / Taste of Ulster came first for their Taste of Ulster Guides.
- Emmett McCourt came first for his book “Feast or Famine” for best Culinary Travel book
- Noel McMeel came third for his book “The Irish Pantry”
“Food from Northern Ireland has really brought our people together, all of the communities now feel they have something they are really proud of, it’s our vision of the future”.