Niagara Cooks Wins Again!
Niagara Cooks wins Best Local Cookery Book In The World – Second Place!
Congratulations to Tidings contributor, Lynn Ogryzlo and food photographer, Jon Ogryzlo on their impressive win at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
In November 2008, Niagara Cooks – From Farm to Table Cookbook won Best Local Food Cookbook in Canada. The awards ceremony was to be held in an undisclosed location on July 1st, 2009. At that time, the winners of the Best Local Food Cookbooks from 107 countries would converge to hear who had won Best In The World. In February 2009, the competition was reduced to four cookbooks out of the 107. Then on July 1st, at the gala awards ceremony at the Comédie-Française in Paris, France, it was announced that Niagara Cooks had won Second Place.
The best in the culinary world gathered to celebrate those who “cook with words”. “This is one of the most difficult categories in the competition”, said Edouard Cointreau, President of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, referring to the local food cookbook category where Niagara Cooks was placed. “There’s a lot of that going on these days”.
The 2009 Gourmand Yearbook lists Niagara Cooks as a Winner in Canada and a World Finalist. Ogryzlo created Niagara Cooks Magazine in 2000 and is the “pope of gastronomy for the region.”
Edouard Cointreau, of Cointreau Triple-Sec fame, created the cookbook awards in 1995 to help readers find the best out of the 26,000 food and wine books produced every year, and to increase knowledge of and respect for food and wine culture, which he believes promotes peace.
Attending the Paris gala was author Lynn Ogryzlo, her photographer husband, Jon, and a host of friends and family. The awards ceremony took over two hours and featured a private production of Le malade imaginaire by Molière. Both pre and post receptions were catered by the Paris Cordon Bleu Cooking School.
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and are held in a different country each year. The 2009 awards included cookbooks published in 2008.