Irish chef Brian McDermott’s cookbook Donegal Table: Delicious Everyday Cooking (published in 2018 by O’Brien Press) has won a major award at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The awards took place on July 4th as part of the International Book Fair in Macau and McDermott’s book came first in the category for ‘Best Cookbook written by a Chef’.
Speaking to Books Ireland earlier today Ivan O’Brien, Managing Director at O’Brien Press, said:
“Everyone in O’Brien Press is thrilled for Brian. He poured his heart into Donegal Table. His passion for cookery, family and Donegal was clear from the first time I met him at the Frankfurt Book Fair and these are the things that shine through in his book. It’s great that he came out on top of a very impressive looking shortlist. Congratulations, Brian!”
Amid stiff international competition, the chef’s collection of achievable, affordable and accessible recipes inspired by his home place won out. With a foreword by Neven Maguire and photography by Fox in the Kitchen, this book is something to be proud of. Congratulations to the winner and the shortlisted candidates also.
The 2019 ‘Best Cookbook by a Chef/Restaurant’ international shortlist is as follows:
- Argentina: Mirazur, Mauro Colagreco (Catapulta)
- Belgium: Unplugged, Gert De Mangeleer (Luster)
- France: La Cuisine de Guy Legay, Henri Bouniol (De Boree)
- Hong Kong: Chicken and Charcoal, Matt Abergel, Lindsay Jang (Phaidon)
- Ireland: Donegal Table, Brian McDermott (O´Brien)
- Singapore: A Dash of Szechwan, Chen Kentaro (Marshall Cavendish)
- South Africa: Mile 8, A book about cooking, David Higgs (Marble Group)
- Spain Castellano: Unánime, Bernd Knöller, Xavier Mollà (Deia Books)
- Uruguay: Cocina, Hugo Soca (Aguaclara)