Welcome to our NEW LOOK Website
It’s all go at the Irish Food Writers’ Guild this week. Not only are we going live with our new website, which we hope will better reflect all the interesting and varied work with which our dynamic members are involved, but we are also hosting our 20th annual IFWG Food Awards on Wednesday 12th March 2014 in l’Ecrivain Restaurant. Chef-proprietor Derry Clarke has once again devised a gorgeous lunch menu showcasing produce from the various award winners. This year the Guild will present seven awards in total, including our inaugural IFWG Drink Award which has been introduced to reflect the exciting blossoming of a vibrant craft beer and cider sector here in Ireland.
Also to be presented on Wednesday are three awards for exemplary Irish-produced food products and an Environmental Award to recognise a food-related business that has had a positive environmental impact. We also honour an important initiative that has made a notable contribution to Irish food in the last year, and this year we are pleased to be recognising one very special person who has been integral to the development of Irish food, with the presentation of the IFWG Lifetime Achievement Award.
All the award-winners will be announced here on Wednesday – or you can follow the events in l’Ecrivain on Twitter by following @foodguild and #IFWGfoodawards.
In the meantime, have a browse through our Awards section here to read about some of the fantastic food producers and industry stalwarts who have been honoured by the annual IFWG Food Awards throughout its 20 years of existence.
Mar 10, 2014
Paul Flynn's Family food
None other than IFWG Chairperson, Lizzie Gore-Grimes, has edited Lidl’s new cookbook, written by celebrated chef Paul Flynn of the award-winning Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan. This gorgeous, family-friendly cookbook is stacked with easy-to-follow recipes that use inventive flavour combinations to impress, rather than fussy culinary technique.
No matter how little time you have on your hands, or how inexperienced you are in the kitchen, you’ll find a host of tasty, nutritious and affordable recipes in this tempting collection. Here is the proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to create fabulous tasting food.
Paul Flynn’s Family Food (€12.99) is available from Lidl stores nationwide from 20th March. The book was edited by Irish Food Writers’ Guild Chairperson Lizzie Gore-Grimes
Mar 10, 2014
easy food home cook hero awards
The Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards Cookbook has just hit the shelves. Published annually in spring, the cookbook features 30 finalist recipes from the annual cookery competition, alongside over one hundred recipe favourites from Easy Food magazine. (Edited by Dee Laffan, editor of Easy Food, and published by Zahra Publishing. Available in supermarkets and newsagents nationwide, RRP €5.95.)
The Easy Food Home-Cook Hero Awards is an annual cookery competition run by Ireland’s best-selling food magazine, Easy Food. The competition opens for entries in May each year and asks home cooks of all ages to enter their favourite recipes into the competition, across 10 different sponsored categories, for example, Fabulous Fowl, Tiny Tastes and €10 Family Favourites. A panel of shortlist judges – chefs, home economists and food writers – have the tough task of shortlisting each category to three finalists. These three finalists take part in the cook-off final in Cooks Academy, where they cook their dish for judges Gina Miltiadou (Easy Food’s publisher), Catherine Fulvio and Kevin Dundon. Each finalist presents their dish to the judges and talks about what the dish means to them, and then the important job of tasting each dish takes place.
The kitchens in Cooks Academy are always buzzing with excitement and nerves, captured by the film crew for the TV show of the event which is broadcast on TV3 the following week. Finally, the big award ceremony is held on the evening of the cook-off in The Shelbourne Hotel, hosted by TV3’s Martin King. One winner is announced in each category, who wins €1,500 worth of prizes, and the two runners-up also go away with a hamper of foodie goodies. To catch the TV show and for photos and more information from the event, visit www.homecookhero.ie.
Mar 10, 2014
Links of Interest
Michelle Darmody: Baking with almonds
Recipes this week are orange blossom and almond cake, almond macaroons and sunken prune tarts.
The Irish Food Writers’ Guild is grateful to the Herbert Park Hotel for their ongoing generosity in hosting our regular meetings in their excellent facilities.
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