New Zealand’s own Annabel Langbein has won the People’s Choice Award for Best Home Chef in a Series at the prestigious US Taste Awards.
The celebrity cook received the award at a glittering red-carpet ceremony in San Francisco last night (5pm Friday NZ Time).
The award comes only five months after Annabel’s TV series The Free Range Cook: Simple Pleasures launched on US TV, showcasing New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and laid back lifestyle and Annabel’s simple but delicious garden-to-table recipes to millions of Americans.
“I’m just so amazed and overwhelmed and excited to have won the People’s Choice Award,” says Annabel. “Thanks to everyone who voted and who has supported me on this exciting journey. It’s such an honour to be able to show the rest of the world how special our country is and to share my philosophy for cooking and eating in tune with the seasons.”
The TASTE Awards (aka the Tastys) are the premiere awards in the US broadcast industry, celebrating the best in food, fashion, travel and lifestyle programmes on television, in film, online and on radio. Previous winners include Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Martha Stewart and Anthony Bourdain. Annabel was a finalist in four categories in this year’s awards.
The win tops off a great week for Annabel in the US. Last Thursday she appeared on the top-rating Today show, demonstrating her quick and clever Super Bowl snacks alongside anchor Matt Lauer and co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Here’s how TVNZ’s Jack Tame covered the story: http://bit.ly/1X7avxT Annabel has been invited back to make regular appearances on the show.