AGA demonstrator James McIntosh wins prestigious Gourmand world book award
James McIntosh, an AGA demonstrator and one of the UK's leading home economists, has won the prestigious Gourmand Award for 'Best in the World' Cookbook in a Series for his first book, called simply 'Mix'.
James joins chefs and food writers, such as Heston Blumenthal, Rachael Birmingham and Kim McCosker, as Gourmand world cookbook winners, following a lavish awards ceremony at Comédie Française in Paris.
"Mix" - published by Word4Word - is the first in a series of four pocket-sized books and includes AGA timings.
It is a guide to basic proportions in cookery, giving the quantities needed for everyday food. The book contains more than 170 recipes, from how to make white sauce to how to prepare pastry.
James, from Northern Ireland, said: "To win this prestigious award for
my first book is truly an honour. It is testament to the concept of bringing back home economics and food technology into schools and colleges in order to teach transferable cooking skills. These skills will enable people to eat well for life.
"I love cooking on a British-made product with so much heritage. There's also no mingling of flavours, so you can cook a full family meal in one oven - all at the same time. Using an AGA is like going from a manual to an automatic car: the AGA does it all for you. And with so many innovations and programmable models available, this classic style icon is as relevant in today's kitchen as it was when it was invented more than 80 years ago."