Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau.
In 2008, books from 102 countries participated in the competition. It is free, and open to all languages.
The objectives of the Awards are:
- To reward and honour those who "cook with words".
- To help readers find the best out of the 26000 food and wine books produced every year.
- To help publishers with international rights to translate and distribute food and wine books.
- To help book retailers find the 50 food and wine books that each year should be offered to clients.
- To create an opportunity to access the major markets in English, Chinese, German, Spanish or French for books originated in other languages.
- To increase knowledge and respect for food and wine culture, which promotes peace.
The winners in each language are announced in November, and compete for the Best in the World, announced in April of the following year at a gala dinner.
History of the Awards Ceremonies
|Gourmand in London|
The 2008 Awards at Olympia, London.
|Gourmand in Beijing|
The 2007 Awards in Beijing, China.
Every year, Gourmand gives the awards in a very special location for gastronomy. The Ceremony is always an opportunity to meet every important person in the world of cookbooks and winebooks: hundreds of publishers, authors, chefs and journalists take part in these events.
"Gourmand has created a wide spectrum of representation and entertainment with the awards ceremony: at the same moment glamorous and humorous, elegant and funny." Herta Gal, Author, Germany
1995: Frankfurt, Germany
1996: Frankfurt, Germany
1997: Paris, France
1998: Périgueux, France
1999: Versailles, France
2000: Périgueux, France
2001: Sorges, France
2003: Brissac, France
2004: Barcelona, Spain
2005: Örebro, Sweden
2007: Beijing, China
2008: London, UK
2009: Paris, France
2010: Paris, France
2011: Paris, France
- Edouard Cointreau, Chairman of the Awards Committee, president of Gourmand International
- Dun Gifford, President of the Oldways Preservation Trust (USA)
- Prince Franz-Wilhelm of Prussia (Germany)
- Jean Jacques Ratier, Commissaire du Salon International du Livre Gourmand, Mayor of Sorges (France)
- Bo Masser, vice president of Gourmand International (Sweden)
- Cointreau, Edouard. Press Release, March 6, 2005 (Madrid: Gourmand, 2005)
- BBC News
- Times of India
- Times Online
- Livres Hebdo
- Publishing Perspectives
- The BookSeller