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Monday, February 3, 2014

Winner of International Cookbook Award

The Pot & The Palette wins Best Illustrated Cookbook in America and is one of seven finalists for Best Illustrated Cookbook in the world.

Gourmand Magazine, the International Cookbook Revue based in Madrid, Spain, recently announced that our cookbook, The Pot & The Palette, is in the running to be named Best Illustrated for 2013!  The award winner will be announced at the World Cookbook Awards Ceremony in Beijing, China, on May 20-21, 2014.

Other finalists include:
  • Canada- English – Alice Eats, Pierre Lamielle
  • Canada – French - Mandarine et Kiwi, Laila Heloua, Nathalie Lapierre
  • France – L’Allaitement Maternel, Alain Dabadie (Springer-France)
  • Germany – Festlichte Menus für Hochzeitstage, Michaela Maria Drux, Evert Kornmayer
  • Japan – Alain Ducasse, The Secret Recipe, Hiromi Nagasaki
  • Spain – Cocina Pop, Mario Suarez, Ricardo Avolo

"We are so happy for all of the students featured in The Pot & The Palette," says Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of GRFA. "To be nominated for this prestigious award goes to show how talented our young people in Louisiana are and it is great that they are getting international recognition at such an early age." (pictured above, students sign their artwork in copies of the cookbook at Barnes & Nobles in the New Orleans area)

In December, Gourmand informed GRFA that the cookbook had won Best Illustrated in America and in January Gourmand announced that our cookbook was one of seven finalists for Best Illustrated worldwide.

Gourmand has conducted an international cookbook awards ceremony since 1997 and according to Gourmand:

The Awards Ceremonies will be the most glamorous ever, organized with the studios who helped the Opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games 2008.  Beijing Cookbook Fair will take place May 19 – 22, 2014, with tourism options before and after the professional book fair.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are often compared by journalists to the "Oscars". We believe that we are inspired by the Olympic Spirit, which will show in Beijing.

The Pot & The Palette by George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEF) features 100 recipes by Louisiana's greatest restaurants with 50 illustrations by Louisiana's most talented student artists.  In 2013, GRFA and LRAEF teamed up to create a statewide art contest for Louisiana junior and senior high school students using the theme "Louisiana's Culinary Heritage" and winners shared in $45,000 of college scholarships. 

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