Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Yippee! Shared Kitchen gets another gong!

 You’ll also find the latest round of cooking classes below– grab your pals and come over (best way to fill in a winter’s day).
And check out the recipes you could whip up for an Italian feast.

We’re celebrating here because we have received some exciting news: Shared Kitchen took out 2nd place in Best Website in the World in the Gourmand Awards held at the weekend in Yantai, China.
These awards, established 20 years ago by Edouard Cointreau, celebrate the best of food and wine publications around the world. Initially, the categories consisted of just recipe and food books but the awards have grown and now take in wine and drink publications, and more latterly, food apps and ebooks. Websites were added just two years ago.
While Shared Kitchen competed against websites built with huge budgets and the ability to lure enormous audiences, it’s important to believe in yourself and what you do. Shared Kitchen is not overtly commercialised, it has integrity and its content is credible, it has style and a certain sway, and it has a very loyal and growing readership. That may or may not be enough to stand up to global competition, but there was only one way to find out. For a bit of a dare, we thought we’d put our toes in the water and see. We won the New Zealand round, then, the fantastic news at the weekend that we came second in the Best in the World! Just think if we had procrastinated and not entered …
I encourage all food and drink writers (publishers/producers) to enter their work in the Gourmand awards. If you don’t win you’ll be keen to see who does, then you’ve got work to compare with your own and to aspire towards. Competitions are great like that – they really do make you appraise your own work and look for ways to improve it.
Read more here about Shared Kitchen

I've got another round of
cooking classes to be held here on Waiheke in my home the Writer's Retreat. We're repeating Keep the Home Fires Burning on Friday 17th June as it was so popular, then we move into a special day Sunday 19th June with Shortest Day, Longest Lunch. This day is part demonstration, followed by a long lunch around the table to enjoy the spoils. I'll be cooking for you! This will be a great day, with gorgeous food, gorgeous wines and prizes for everyone.
On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June I'm covering
Great Winter Classics. Not only will this class provide you with a great set of recipes, you'll learn hundreds of tips, too, and different ways to employ the techniques covered.

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