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Culinary Quill Winners Announced

November 5, 2011

Culinary Quill Winners Announced
Awards spread across range of writers

Five different food writers have been served the accolades in the 2011 Culinary Quill awards announced in Nelson tonight. The awards are presented by the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers.

A sixth writer’s contribution to our culinary collection has also been recognised with the Chief Judge’s Award. Big names Al Brown and Annabel Langbein join Fiona Smith, Janet Dunn and Denise Irvine in receiving Culinary Quills.

Al Brown’s “Go Fish” published by Random House takes out the Book Quill sponsored by Chelsea Sugar. “The Free Range Cook” on TVNZ wins Annabel Langbein the Electronic & Digital Quill sponsored by Samsung.

The Cuisine magazine “Fresh Approach” spring cover published in September 2010 wins Fiona Smith the Visual Quill sponsored by Regal Marlborough Salmon.

The Tui Flower Recipe Writing Quill goes to Janet Dunn for “Mincing Words” published in the December 2010 edition of NZ House & Garden.

The NZ Venison-sponsored Culinary Quill for Journalism has gone to Denise Irvine for “On the eaten track” in the Waikato Times’ New Year’s Day 2011 edition.

Rose Carr’s “Healthy Habits That Could Be Harming You” published in the November 2010 Healthy Food Guide Magazine gains a special one-off Chief Judge’s Award.

Culinary Quill Awards chief judge is Australia’s Rita Erlich, who says she has been delighted by the quality of the entries over all categories.

“What's apparent is the commitment of New Zealand writers and presenters to their own country and their own readers. The voices are fresh, confident and well informed. In more than one category, it was a tough decision for all the judges to choose a single winner. That's always a good indicator of the quality of the work,” Ms Erlich says.

Category judges for the Awards were: Mike Valintine and Bob Ross (Book Culinary Quill), Ross McCallum and Graham Beattie (Electronic & Digital), Jane Evans and Lindsay Dawson (Visual), Delvina Gorton, Rosemary McLeod and Rita Erlich (Recipe Writing), and Geraldine Johns and Stephen Stratford (Journalism).

The New Zealand Guild of Food Writers president Lauraine Jacobs says the entries for this year’s Culinary Quills Awards reflect the passion, talent and expertise of New Zealand’s food writers.

“The Awards serve to recognize the work that food writers do in informing readers about food, which is vital to our health, our pleasure and most importantly, our economy. The New Zealand Guild of Food Writers is undeniably proud of the high calibre of the unprecedented high number of entries this year, and I congratulate all 39 finalists and celebrate the outstanding work of our five Culinary Quill winners”.

The full list of finalists with winners highlighted is:

2011 Culinary Quill Awards Finalists

Culinary Quill – Book (Sponsored by Chelsea Sugar)
Recipe book subcategory
Martin Bosley, Martin Bosley (Godwit)
Alister Brown, Go Fish (Random House NZ)
Ginny Grant, Kathy Paterson, Lauraine Jacobs, The New Zealand Vegetable Cookbook (Random House NZ)
Annabel Langbein, The Free Range Cook (Annabel Langbein Media)

Food book subcategory
Peta Mathias, Culinary Adventures in Marrakech (Penguin Books)
Robert Oliver, Me’a Kai (Random House NZ)

Culinary Quill – Electronic & Digital (Sponsored by Samsung)
Radio/TV/CD subcategory
Martha Jeffries, World Kitchen – Jamaica (TV3, Zoomslide Media Ltd)
Annabel Langbein, Annabel Langbein - The Free Range Cook (TVNZ)
Peta Mathias, Jane & Jeff Avery, Peta Unplugged in Marrakech (Prime TV, Red Head Media)
Website subcategory
Helen Jackson, (
Annabel Langbein, Langbein Media)
Glenda & Claire Gourley, (
Blog subcategory
Lucy Corry, The Kitchenmaid (
Virgil Evetts, Mellow Fruitfulness, Sow-er taste, Carob revisited (
Annabel Langbein, (Annabel Langbein Media)

Culinary Quill – Visual (sponsored by Regal King Salmon)
Food styling in magazine, newspaper or book subcategory
Julie Biuso, Comfort Zone (Taste, ACP Magazines)
Fiona Smith, The Last Temptation (Cuisine, Fairfax Magazines)
Fiona Smith, Fresh Approach (Cuisine, Fairfax Magazines)
Jo Wilcox, Winter Wonderland (NZ House & Garden, Fairfax Magazines)

Culinary Quill – Tui Flower Recipe Writing
Nutrition recipe subcategory
Niki Bezzant, 5pm Panic (Healthy Food Guide Magazine)
Sarah Swain, Join the Mexican Wave (Healthy Food Guide Magazine)
Recipe feature – magazine subcategory
Ginny Grant, Indian Summer (Cuisine, Fairfax Magazines)
Janet Dunn, Secrets of the Sap (NZ House & Garden, Fairfax Magazines)
Janet Dunn, Mincing Words (NZ House & Garden, Fairfax Magazines)
Kathy Paterson, Real World – Journey in a Bowl (REAL, Foodstuffs Publishing Ltd and Fairfax Magazines)
Recipe feature – newspaper/radio subcategory
Charmian Smith, Warm from the inside Out (Otago Daily Times, Allied Press Limited)
Charmian Smith, Muesli Variations (Otago Daily Times, Allied Press Limited)

Recipe feature – advertisement/promotional
Sarah Bess Hedger, Southwestern Venison Chilli Stew (NZ Venison)

Culinary Quill – Journalism (Sponsored by NZ Venison)
Nutrition subcategory
Rose Carr, Healthy Habits (Healthy Food Guide Magazine)
New Zealand Food subcategory
Denise Irvine, On the Eaten Track (Waikato Times, Fairfax Media)
Sarah La Touche, Shelling Out (Dish Magazine, Tangible Media Ltd)
Wyn Drabble, To Market, To Market to Buy Fresh (Hawkes Bay Today, APN)
Charmian Smith, Food for Thought (Otago Daily Times, Allied Press Limited)
Gastronomy subcategory
Charmian Smith, From the Aztecs to the World (Otago Daily Times, Allied Press Limited)
Sarah La Touche, In the Raw (Dish Magazine, Tangible Media Ltd)
Nici Wickes, Young Talent – Head Chefs with… (Viva, NZ Herald, APN)
Nici Wickes, Going by the Book (Viva, NZ Herald, APN)


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