Locals feature in award winning book

A New Zealand book featuring local growers has won at the Gourmand World CookBook Awards 2018.

Created by Gerhard and Henrietta Egger, they won the ‘World’s Best Photographer/ Publisher’ Award for their book, ‘Source New Zealand, it’s all about our food, our people, our land’, which features several local personalities.

Hailing from Rotorua, Gerhard and Henri were finalists in three categories including Best Photography, Best Culinary Travel and Best Photographer/Publisher.

The book shares stories from ‘paddock to plate’, including those of local whitebait fisherman Hori Watson from Port Waikato, eel fisherman Mike Holmes from the NZ Eel processing company in Te Kauwhata and Jono and Sarah Walker, free range pig farmers of Soggy Bottom Holdings near Ngaruawahia.

Gerhard spent 15 months travelling around the country meeting, photographing and interviewing a variety of producers from both the agriculture and aquaculture sectors. “It was a privilege to meet these people and to be able to tell their stories,” he said.

Henri said part of the enjoyment of travelling to the awards and conference were the people they met. “What was interesting to learn was how many governments from around the world promote and support food tourism,” she said. Gerhard and Henri believe New Zealand can do better in this area. One report presented at the conference indicated that food was in the top three of criteria for tourists when deciding on a destination, nature and culture was fourth.

The Gourmand Awards were started by Edouard Cointreau 23 years ago and grow in popularity each year. This year, there were thousands of food culture book entries from 215 countries and regions around the world.

Above: Henri and Gerhard Egger with their award and cookbook that was a finalist in three categories at the Gourmand Awards, and won Best Photographer/Publisher. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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