What a night it was at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 held in Dublin last night. Neven received the prestigious Avonmore Cookbook of the Year Award for his latest recipe book ‘The Nation’s Favourite Food FAST!’ and he wanted to make sure that he thanked everyone who helped with the book and especially all those who voted for him. Over to Neven.
“Wow, I’m delighted to win the Avonmore Cookbook of the Year at the Irish Book awards. It was great to get nominated along with some brilliant cookbooks. I wrote a blog post a few months ago explaining just how much hard work goes in to producing a cookbook and how much of a team effort it is. So I owe a big thanks to lots of people including Nikki Howard and all at Gill and Macmillan Publishers. I love writing books with them and they really understand me and my philosophy.
Also a big thanks to Sharon Hearne-Smith, Orla Broderick, and Joanne Murphy. Without their help no book I do would be possible. I also want to thank everyone at the restaurant for all their continued hard work. Finally and most importantly to everyone who buys and enjoys my books I want to say a huge thank you. I always consider it a privilege that people put their trust in my recipes and I have loved seeing the results of your hard work in the kitchen. From seeing the pictures of your dishes we definitely have some great ‘home chefs’ in Ireland and there has never been a better time to be enjoying food. So, a big thank you to everyone, I’m over the moon.”
Other winners on the night included Brian O’Driscoll, Majella O’Donnell and Graham Norton. As you can see there was a great atmosphere and plenty of photo opportunities.