GIY Cookbook Wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award

GIY Cookbook Wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award

The GIY (Grow It Yourself) Cookbook ‘Grow Cook Eat’ which was launched by author and founder of GIY Michael Kelly in October 2014, this week, has been announced as a national winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  The book now qualifies for ‘Gourmand Best in the World’ Competition.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards often referred to as the ‘Oscars of Food Awards’ is a global stamp of accreditation as the competition awards global cookbook and wine publishing in all languages and all countries around the world. The global winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in China in May.

Commenting on hearing of the prestigious shortlisting Michael Kelly said, “I really wanted this book to have crossover appeal for growers and foodies so I am absolutely delighted and honoured that the book is shortlisted for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.  This isn’t something I even considered when I was writing the book, so it’s a lovely surprise and a real privilege.”

‘Grow Cook Eat’ is a cookbook which aims to help the reader to develop a deeper understanding of food, where it comes from and how to take it from seed to field to fork. It features a month by month guide on growing and tasks to do in the growing plot for that particular season along with recipes and contributions from over 35 of GIY’s favourite chefs, cooks and growers including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, Dylan McGrath, Donal Skehan, Darina Allen, Rachel Allen, Neven Maguire, Clodagh McKenna, Alys Fowler and Mark Diacono.

All proceeds from the sale of the book go to GIY as the organisation develops GROW HQ, the pioneering food education centre, due to open in Waterford later in 2015. The fund raising plan for GROW HQ is underway and this also received an added boost this week as Darina Allen gifted GIY a place on the residential cookery course at Ballymaloe as the prize in their ‘Golden Ticket’ Raffle. The lucky winner was foodblogger – frenchfoodieindublin otherwise known as Ketty Elisabeth.  GROW HQ will be a place where people come together to immerse themselves in the GIY lifestyle by growing, cooking and eating home-grown food and it will include a grow school, cookery school, café, farm shop and food gardens. For further details see

ENDS – 9 February, 2015.


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