HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Rob Kirby, who scooped the ‘Best Fundraising & Charity Cookbook’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The annual awards ceremony took place at the Folies Bergère Theatre, Paris and in attendance were publishers, writers and chefs from all around the world. Rob’s beautiful book is geared towards bringing families together with great, approachable food. The recipes in his book are all simple to prepare and fun to make and royalties from the sale of every copy go to the Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
Rob is the Chef Director at Lexington Catering and through this work and his involvement with The Academy Of Culinary Arts, Rob was able to get involved with the cookery programme at GOSH. He has now been teaching cookery at the school for more than 10 years and has first-hand experience of the difference that exploring food and cooking in new and fun ways makes to the children. This experience, together with winning ideas from his own family meal times make up the recipes within Rob’s book.
Speaking on the Lexington Catering site about the award, Rob had this to say: “I am so very proud to receive such an honour with my first book. For me ‘Cook with Kids’ highlights the fun that cooking and eating together as a family can be. To do this whilst also raising funds is key for me, being able to contribute to the fantastic, compassionate and vital work that the Children’s Hospital School does. I dedicate this award to the work that Carole Flynn and all the GOSH staff do, day in, day out, in trying to bring some normality, fun and routine to the children’s lives. The look and feel of the book is down to key players at Absolute Press and the very talented photographer Lara Holmes who totally understood what I wanted to achieve in its beauty and style.”