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.MORE