Food agenda: Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

‘Patagonia Cuisine, Rivers, Lakes and Chiloe District’ was the Cookbook of the Year last year at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. — Afp pic‘Patagonia Cuisine, Rivers, Lakes and Chiloe District’ was the Cookbook of the Year last year at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. — Afp picLONDON, Feb 2 — Now that the Bocuse d’Or — the culinary equivalent of the Olympics — has wrapped up, the next big food-related event is the Gourmand World Cookbook Fair, which recognizes the best cookery books published the year before. Here’s a look at some of the major food and gastronomy-related events happening around the world. 

Gourmand World Cookbook Fair 

Paris, France 

February 22–24 

This year one of the most prestigious international cookbook fairs for trade professionals moves from the edges of the city to the Carrousel du Louvre. As the most international cookbook fair of its kind, this year cookery books from 171 countries will be competing to take home bragging rights and an award. 

New at the 2013 edition is the World Festival of Wine and Food Television, which will draw TV food producers, broadcasters and food TV celebrities to the show. 

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 


February 25 

The inaugural edition of the Asian version of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants from Restaurant magazine takes place in Singapore and will attempt to identify the best eateries across the continent. 

Given the growing influence the World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards has exerted over its short 10-year existence, it’s expected the food world will look at the results with great interest. 

James Beard Foundation Awards finalists announced 

March 18 

Charleston, South Carolina, USA Known as the Oscars of the food world in the US, the James Beard Foundation will announce the finalists for the 2013 awards in categories such as outstanding chef, outstanding restaurant, and the best in food journalism. 

International Macaron Day 

March 20 

Created by French pastry chef Pierre Hermé, who is known for creating innovative, interesting flavour pairings like foie gras and fig and and olive oil and mandarin, International Macaron Day is just one great excuse to tuck into the airy meringue cookie that’s become en vogue around the world. In France, Hermé and Ladurée are the big macaron rivals. 

39th annual Le Championnat de France du Dessert 

March 26-27 

Rennes, France 

It’s a competition that crowns the best pastry chefs in the country that is universally acknowledged for being the pioneers and masters of baking and pastries. The championship baking competition is divided into two categories: one for junior pastry chefs and the other for professionals. 

11th annual World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 

April 29 


UK Organizers have set a date for the next edition of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, which has grown quickly to rival the Michelin system in terms of influence and scope. New this year is an added category, the Sustainable Restaurant Award, which will recognize the most environmentally friendly and socially responsible dining establishment among the 50 winners. For the past three years, Danish chef René Redzepi has kept a stronghold on the No. 1 position for his Copenhagen restaurant Noma, where he’s credited with pioneering New Nordic cuisine. — Afp-Relaxnews


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