Lexington Catering's chef director Rob Kirby's book Cook With Kids has scooped the award for Best Fundraising & Charity Cookbook 2011 at the prestigious World Gourmand Cookbook Awards.
Kirby's book, published last year by Absolute Press, evolved from the chef's 10 years experience of teaching cookery at the Children's Hospital School at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as part of the Academy of Culinary Arts Adopt a School programme.
The annual ceremony, attended by some of the world's leading chefs, writers and publishers, took place at the iconic Folies Bergère Theatre in Paris earlier this week.
Commenting on the win, Kirby said he was very proud to receive such an honour with his first book.
"For me, Cook with Kids highlights the fun that cooking and eating together as a family can be," he added. "To do this whilst also raising funds is key for me; to be 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."
Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, the annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards honour the best food and wine books from around the world.
Runners up in the Best Fundraising, Charity and Community Cookbook in Europe category were: Manuel de Cuisine Populaire by ANDES (France), Tweet Treats by Jane Travers (Ireland) and Lustfyllda Mellanmäcl för svart Sjuka bar barn (Sweden).
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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