Saturday, November 19, 2016

Taste Canada Award winners for 2016

I submitted my Blog for Consideration to the Taste Canada Awards and although I didn't make it to the short list I was invited to attend the Gala Awards presentation.  This is my 3rd year attending the Awards but it's the 19th year of  the Taste Canada Gala Awards.

The competition honours Canada’s culinary writers. This year they received 150 submissions and included 96 books and 54 food blogs.  
Winners were chosen in both official languages and across six categories, including general cookbooks, culinary narratives, and in the new category of health and special diet cookbooks.

I was there to take photos on the red carpet of all the nominated attendees.  Here are just a few of them.
Twenty-two winners received awards.  Mary Ito from CBC's Fresh Air was the host for the evening and BBQ Master Ted Reader was the pinch hitter to introduce the awards filling in for Donna Dooher the National Chair.

This is a complete list of this year’s winners:
Culinary Narratives
GOLD
Mechefske, LindySir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister. Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton
SILVER
Alford, Jeffrey. Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village. Douglas & McIntyre, Madeira Park
General Cookbooks
GOLD
Canadian Living Test KitchenCanadian Living: The Ultimate Cookbook. Les Éditions de l’Homme, Montréal
SILVER
O’Brady, TaraSeven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day. Appetite by Random House, Vancouver
Regional/Cultural Cookbooks
GOLD
Musgrave, SusanTaste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World. Whitecap Books, Vancouver
SILVER
Nimji, Noorbanu and Karen AndersonA Spicy Touch: Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen. A Spicy Touch Publishing (Canada) Inc., Calgary
Single-Subject Cookbooks
GOLD
Mundy, Jane. The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2: More Seafood Recipes That Are Good for the Planet. Whitecap Books, Vancouver
SILVER
Walsh, Victoria and Scott McCallumField Guide to Canadian Cocktails. Appetite by Random House, Vancouver
Health and Special Diet Cookbooks
GOLD
Telpner, MeghanThe UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life. Appetite by Random House, Vancouver
SILVER
Eustace, Mary JoScared Wheatless: Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes That Won’t Make You Lose Your Mind. Whitecap Books, Vancouver
Food Blog
GOLD
In Pursuit of More, Shira McDermott  www.inpursuitofmore.com       

The always hilarious Home Economist Mairlyn Smith rocked the red carpet but even though all of the boggers were rooting for her she didn't win in her category.  Canadian Living took that award.   

The French language winners are:
Les Narrations Culinaires
GOLD
Chartier, FrançoisL’essential de Chartier. Les Éditions de Presse, Montréal
SILVER
Dô, Sylvie. L’Épicerie: Le plaisir de faire les bons choix. Les Éditions Caractère, Montréal
Livres de Cuisine Générale
GOLD
Robitaille, JoséeC’est l’hiver! Les éditions de la Carotte blanche, Montréal
SILVER
Coup de Pouce, St-Germain, ClaudineCuisiner pour une semaine, un mois, un an. Les Éditions de l’Homme, Montréal
Livres de Cuisine Régionale et Culturelle
GOLD
Loureiro, HelenaLa cuisine d’Helena: 80 recettes portugaises pour ensoleiller votre table. Les Éditions de l’Homme, Montréal
SILVER
Di Domenico, MariaFine cuisine italienne des Abruzzes. Les Éditions Glénat Québec, Montréal
Livres de Cuisine Sujet Unique
GOLD
Vézina, DanielLa cuisine réfléchie: Bien manger sans gaspiller. Les Éditions La Presse, Montréal
SILVER
RicardoMon premier livre de recettes. Les Éditions La Presse, Montréal
Santé et Diète Particulière
GOLD
Côté, Stéphanie et Philippe GrandNutrition Sportive: 21 jours de menus. Modus Vivendi, Montréal
SILVER
Michaud, ElianeNaturellement sucré: 100 desserts à base de sucres naturels. Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur, Laval
Blogue Culinaire
GOLD
The Green Life, Sophie Bourdon  www.thegreenlife.ca

After the Awards were presented the party moved upstairs for some amazing food by Fidel Gastro, Dufflet, Ted Reader, SoCo, Bonnie Gordon Cakes, Succulent Chocolates and more.

It was a super fun night and 3 years later I knew so many more people than I did the first year I attended and really enjoyed hanging out with my fellow bloggers now that there is a new Blog Category.  My goal is to keep improving my Blog and enter again next year.  There are so many fantastic bloggers that my chances are slim but I will keep trying anyway because you never know.

I hope to be there again next year for more fun.

Fore more info about Taste Canada visit their website:  www.tastecanada.org

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