The seventh annual Cordon d'Or culinary awards honoring cookbook authors, culinary teachers and chefs was held Saturday at the Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa in St. Pete Beach.
The awards, the brainchild of Noreen Kinney of St. Petersburg, honored both international and Florida culinary professionals. Among the 2011 honorees were Steve Westphal, who owns three restaurants in downtown St. Petersburg and another in Indian Shores, and the Jacobson Culinary Arts Academy at Tarpon Springs High. Carlo Petrini of Italy, founder of the worldwide Slow Food movement, was named to the Cordon d'Or culinary hall of fame.
Kinney, herself a cookbook author, founded Cordon d'Or more than 20 years ago in Ireland to promote culinary arts worldwide. In the 1970s and 1980s, Kinney conducted public cooking demonstrations to raise awareness about Ireland's under-utilized food bounty, including wild salmon and oysters. Kinney moved to Florida in 1990.
The event was also a fund-raiser for the Abilities Foundation.
Among the winners:
Culinary magazine:Edible Sarasota, ediblesarasota.com
Culinary literature:Tasting Success: A Guide to Becoming a Professional Chef by Charles M. Carroll (Wiley & Sons)
Culinary travel: Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves: Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne by Kimberley Lovato and Laura Schmalhorst (Running Press)
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Winery and wines: Schnebly Redland's Winery, Redland (South Miami-Dade)
Restaurants, Fine dining: Maritana Grill, Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach
Restaurants, casual dining: Lan, Sarasota
Culinary entrepreneurs: Dave and Karen West, Rolling Pin, Brandon
Sustainability: The Orange Shop, Citra (Marion County), floridaorangeshop.com
Great tastes of Florida: The Dancing Goat, Oldsmar
For a complete list of winners, go to cordondorcuisine.com.