Culinary Quills 2013


Culinary Quill – Book (sponsored by Chelsea Sugar)

WINNER: Annabel Langbein – Simple Pleasures
Judge’s comments This is a new collection from a very popular New Zealand food writer. The author has a strong following and very accessible recipes that fit well with the author’s established base. Simple Pleasures is a very practical, clear collection related to the author’s television series. There is good cross referencing, clear indexing and an emphasis on fresh produce. The QR codes are an additional benefit along with the website reference for some recipes to watch videos of the recipe preparation. The menu suggestions are also a very useful addition.

Chief Judge’s Special Award

Lesley Christensen Yule and Lindsay Neill - The New Zealand Chef
Judge’s comments The New Zealand Chef achieves its aim of providing a comprehensive reference book that is highly accessible and precise. It provides very good background information as well as an introduction to professional cooking techniques with an emphasis on New Zealand produce and style. This is not only an excellent textbook for students and practicing chefs but also a resource for all involved in the food production and development including home cooks.

Culinary Quill – Online (sponsored by Poultry Industry Association of NZ)

WINNER: Annabel Langbein –
Judge’s comments There is no question that this website sets the benchmark in terms of design, content and navigation. It is practical and easy to use with elegant, beautifully photographed recipes, and useful menu ideas. The tone is confident, trustworthy, and reassuring, and knows its audience.

Culinary Quill – Broadcast (sponsored by

WINNER: Annabel Langbein TV Series – The Free Range Cook Simple Pleasures, Series 2
Judge’s comments The series gives easy to follow instructions, with good descriptions on how things should feel, smell, or look so you know you have reached the right consistency etc. It also gives other uses for items that had been cooked or good ideas of what to do with leftovers. The recipes are not too complicated and would appeal to the average home cook wanting to try something new. A variety of visual effects and the presentation were of good quality.

Culinary Quill – Visual (sponsored by Regal Marlborough Salmon)

WINNER: Fiona Smith – 10 Big Bites at Summer
Judge’s comments This visual was joyful, amusing and imaginative with huge impact and was beautifully balanced both scoop and colour wise. In terms of food styling, this is a well thought out image. This shot required a great deal of skill due to the ephemeral nature of ice cream.

Culinary Quill – The Tui Flower Recipe Writing Award (sponsored by NZ Guild of Food Writers)

WINNER: Kathy Paterson – Go Fish, Real
Judge’s comments This article is well written with very easy to follow instructions. The dishes were chosen from a variety of different cuisines. They are well presented with very interesting detail, different cooking techniques and some vegetarian options as well. There are also good tips, alternatives to use, accompaniments and giving New Zealand fish options for the recipes. Go Fish has excellent relevance, giving lots of options for wowing family and friends without too much fuss.

Culinary Quill – Journalism (sponsored by Deer Industry NZ)

WINNER: Denise Irvine – Zest for Life, Waikato Times
Judge’s comments This article is first rate and a lively piece of reporting of the World Chef Showcase in Sydney and about Carluccio himself with an impressive bonus in the one-on-one interview. The side bars about restaurant critics and the art of the restaurateur from Gold and Durack were of additional interest.

2013 Culinary Quill Awards Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists.
Book Quill – sponsored by Chelsea Sugar
FINALISTS: Glenda and Claire Gourley – July Recipes and Tips, It’s My Turn to Cook Tonight ebook Glenda and Claire Gourley – April Recipes and Tips, It’s My Turn to Cook Tonight ebook Annabel Langbein – Simple Pleasures Allyson Gofton – Good Food Made Simple Allyson Gofton – Country Calendar Cookbook Penny Oliver – Single Serve Lesley Christensen Yule – The NZ Chef Lauraine Jacobs – Everlasting Feast Alessandra Zecchini – Party Food for Girls
Broadcast Quill – sponsored by
FINALIST: Annabel Langbein – TV Series Annabel Langbein - The Free Range Cook
Online Quill – sponsored by Poultry Industry Association of NZ
FINALISTS: Pip Duncan for Vicki Ravlich-Horan for Langbein for Helen Jackson for Lucy Corry for Nicola Galloway for Nikki Bezzant, : Niki’s blog (3 submitted blog posts) Kate Underwood, Potato Blog (3 submitted blog posts)
Visual Quill – sponsored by Regal Marlborough Salmon
FINALISTS: Jo Wilcox – NZ House & Garden Italian Gatherings, in Fairfax – NZ House & Garden Jo Wilcox – NZ House & Garden Easter Gatherings, in Fairfax – NZ House & Garden Jo Wilcox – Farrah Bread Wraps, for Farrah Jo Wilcox - Silver Fern Farms advertorial, for Silver Fern Farms Kathy Paterson – NZ Rugby Kitchen, for the NZ Rugby Foundation Kathy Paterson – Real Technique - Sunny side up, in REAL Julie Biuso – Main Squeeze, in Taste magazine Pip Duncan and Carolyn Lister, NZ Fresh Grown Vegetables, for Ginny Grant – Gold Digging, in Cuisine magazine Fiona Smith – 10 Big Bites at Summer, for Draft FCB Fiona Smith – Deck the Hall, in Cuisine magazine
Tui Flower Recipe Quill – sponsored by NZ Guild of Food Writers
FINALISTS: Tracey Sunderland – Summer Oven, in Healthy Food Guide Pip Duncan - Raw, for Pip Duncan – Make half your plate veges, for Lucy Corry – How to cook Christmas dinner for less than $100, Charmian Smith – Taking the pulse, in the Otago Daily Times Kathy Paterson – Real World - Go fish, in REAL Kathy Paterson – Real Comfort - Pulling Power, in REAL Kathy Paterson – Real World Jewels of the Garden, in REAL Fiona Smith – Burger Kings, in Cuisine magazine Fiona Smith – The sweetest thing, in Cuisine magazine Penny Oliver – Real Focus Gone to seed, in REAL Julie Biuso - I love pies, in Your Home and Garden magazine
Journalism Quill – sponsored by Deer Industry NZ
FINALISTS: Denise Irvine – Zest for life, in the Waikato Times Denise Irvine – My cup of tea, in the Waikato Times Julie Biuso – You’ve cracked it, in Taste magazine Vicki Ravlich-Horan – Plenty more Fish in the sea? in Nourish Magazine Vicki Ravlich-Horan, What a waste, in Nourish Magazine Charmian Smith – Two types of Indian Food, in the Otago Daily Times Charmian Smith – Taking a walk on the wild side, in the Otago Daily Times Niki Bezzant – Healthy Living, Sunday Star Times column
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