TV3’S THE RESTAURANT CHEF GARY O’HANLON AND BLUEBIRD CARE BOUND FOR CHINA FOR WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS
FOOD FOR THE SOUL NAMED COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR IN IRELAND
Qualification for Gourmand Best in the World Competition
for Best Cuisine Charity Fund-raising in Europe
Food for the Soul the cookbook published by Bluebird Care and written by Celebrity Chef Gary O’Hanlon has today been named cookbook of the year in Ireland for Best Cuisine Charity Fundraising in Europe, in the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, widely regarded as the Oscars of the cookbook world.
The cookbook was published in August 2014 and proceeds from the sale of it go to Active Retirement Ireland who have 24,500 members nationwide. The winner in each country will compete against winners in the same category in other countries for The Best in the World. The results will be announced on Tuesday June 9, 2015 at the annual Awards event, which takes place in Yantai, China, on the Wine Bay beach. Yantai is a 75 minutes flight southeast of Beijing.
Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of the Gourmand Awards, says: “Charity cookbooks are very important. Besides raising much-needed and useful funds, they also help to build teams, and save recipes that are culinary history treasures.
“These books can make a big difference, thanks to the dedication of the editors. Ireland has a long tradition of charity cookbooks, ranking often as the best in the world.”
Director of Operations with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says, “We are absolutely thrilled with this award. This is not our first corporate social responsibility award and in fact we are known for our unique charity campaigns. Gary has been our food ambassador for the past 18 months and is a strong advocate for older people and people living alone. We will continue to roll our free Food for the Soul cookery demonstrations around the country in 2015 and we invite everyone to come along to taste Gary’s award-winning recipes.”
Gary O’Hanlon is head chef at Viewmount House but also a multi-award winner for his cooking. He says to win an international award for his writing is just as exciting. “I can’t tell you how much this means to me. This book was dedicated to Rose Cunningham, my longest and oldest customer who sadly passed away last week at the age of 93, and she features on the front cover and in one of my recipes. So I’d like to dedicate this award to her. Rose and older people in our society are very important to us and that’s why Bluebird Care and I have teamed up with Active Retirement Ireland on this cookbook.”
Food for the Soul can be purchased online here for €10 plus postage and packaging.