Cookbook promoting Welsh fresh produce goes up for international prize

A cookbook aimed at inspiring Welsh chefs, caterers, and the hospitality sector to use more locally-sourced seasonal fruit and veg has been nominated for an international prize.
‘Cooking with Welsh Horticulture’, a free recipe book developed by supply chain efficiencies project Horticulture Wales, has been named the Wales winner in the ‘Best Local Cuisine Book’ category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and will now be put forward against similar entries from other countries in a bid to claim the category’s overall ‘Best in the World’ title at a ceremony held this May at the inaugural Beijing Cookbook Fair in China.
The free guide, which brings together a collection of 35 recipes from renowned Welsh chefs such as Bryan Webb and Ross Bruce, is specifically targeted at cooks and chefs working in cafés, pubs, restaurants, hotels, and the wider Welsh hospitality sector.
‘Cooking with Welsh Horticulture’ aims to promote the greater use of seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as highlighting the benefits of building long-term relationships with local growers and suppliers. The bilingual 72-page publication incorporates a section outlining the traditional harvest periods for a broad range of field grown crops.
Helen Eustace, project manager of Flintshire-based Horticulture Wales, said: "We launched our recipe book to help showcase the fantastic range of produce that is grown right here in Wales, and to give chefs, cooks, and restaurant owners across the country a dash of inspiration to make the most of these superb seasonal ingredients.
"It’s a great achievement to have already been named the winner in Wales, and now we can’t wait for the final international awards ceremony in May, when our book will be flying the flag for Wales and the horticulture industry too."
The annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, President of culinary publication Gourmand Magazine, to "reward and honour those who cook with words". Each year, entries are received from more than 130 countries to try and find the best out of the 26,000 plus food and wine books published every year.
Any chef, cook, caterer, or hospitality business in Wales interested in receiving one of the remaining free copies of ‘Cooking with Welsh Horticulture’ should email for further information.

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