academia barilla  April 2008

Special Prize to Academia Barilla at the Gourmet World Cookbook Awards

Do you remember the book Parma, a Capital of Italian Gastronomy, by [...]

Do you remember the book Parma, a Capital of Italian Gastronomy, by celebrity Chef and cookbook writer Giuliano Bugialli?

Academia Barilla: Parma

We quote the cookbook very often on our blog not only because Chef Bugialli is a good friend of Academia Barilla, but also because the cookbook itself is published from Academia Barilla Editions, and is available at the Academia Barilla online store.

Chef Bugialli’s cookbook won last year the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2007 in the Best Italian Corporate Book category, and this year has been shortlisted for Best in the World in the Gourmand Awards, same category Best Corporate Book, this time global.

Gourmand AwardsThe Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is an initiative launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time in 1995. After more than 10 years the Awards, annual celebration of “those who cooks with words”, has become one of the most important events in the industry, gathering a crowd of professionals from all over the world in cookbook business, including several universities and cookbook libraries.

Since 1999 there has been an awards category for books on Italian cooking. This year in London there were 845 cookbooks from 107 countries competing in 40 categories for Best in the World.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are big especially in Europe, but are very relevant also around the world. In 2006 the awards visited Kuala Lumpur and the year after moved to Beijing. Last April 13 the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were held in London, UK.

Academia Barilla / Giuliano Bugialli - Parma

Chef Bugialli’s Parma cookbook is a great book to discover both the gourmet and the cultural souls of Parma, the Capital of the Italian Food Valley. Rich in content as well as recipes, the cookbook is also illustrated by great photos (including all the images in this blog post) by photographer Andy Ryan.

Unfortunately, Giuliano Bugialli’s cookbook didn’t make it for the final award gala at London’s Olympia Theatre, the competition was tough with other very good 12 books from other counties in the same category.

Nevertheless, Academia Barilla has been awarded for the work carried on by BIGAB, Academia Barilla’s Gastronomic Library in Parma. As Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Vice President Bo Masser said:

The creation of the Gastronomic Library of Academia Barilla and the mission of Academia Barilla are very impressive“.

The Jury honored Academia Barilla with a “Special Award and the following mention:

The work of Academia Barilla in Parma is very important. It deserves this award with International recognition for its leadership for understanding and taking action for world culinary culture“.

Wow, that’s a huge honor!

Please join the Italian Food Lovers blogging team in a standing ovation for the fellows at the Academia Barilla Gastronomic Library: good job, BIGAB! Compliments!

And compliments to Chef Giuliano Bugialli too for the Italian Gourmand Cookbook Award won last year!

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