Northern Ireland wins at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

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.

The Awards were set up by Mons Edouard Cointreau 20 years ago to honour those who “Cook with Words” and they are the biggest and most respected awards in the global food, wine and food TV publishing world.
  • 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”
I hope you will join me in congratulating Michele, Emmett and Noel in this huge global achievement for Northern Ireland.  What a great start to the Northern Ireland Year of Food 2016.
In her acceptance speech,  Michele presented Mons Edouard Cointreau with a ‘Taste of Ulster’ plaque as a mark of international friendship, Michele Said:
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”.
For more information on the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards please visit
As the awards finished, a very long trestle table was set up along the beach esplanade with everyone sitting on each side that went for as far as the eye can see with one long piece of dough on it.  We all sat together making dinner as instructed by the Chinese in a celebration of global food.
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