Regular readers will know that I contribute monthly for Ireland’s biggest (and best!) online food & drink magazine, TheTaste.ie. I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed working with the small but passionate team who have been generous, fun, and great craic since they set up just a year and a half ago.
So it was with great pride that I heard last week that TheTaste won Best Digital Food Magazine in the World at the 2016 Gourmand World Awards in Shanghai, an incredible achievement by any measure and a worthy acknowledgement of all the effort Keith & Jules have put into building their digital empire.
Below is a slightly edited version of the release TheTaste issued online following the awards. Here’s to some more great years ahead!
At the Gourmand World Awards 2016 on May 29th, TheTaste was announced as the Best Digital Food Magazine in the World 2016.
At the awards, which each year honours the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television, TheTaste beat stiff competition from other shortlisted online food magazines from Spain and the United States.
At the ceremony, which this year took place in Shanghai, TheTaste was among a four other Irish winners. Michael O’Meara scooped 1st place for his cookbook Sea Gastronomy: Fish & Shellfish of the North Atlantic, earning the title Best Fish Cookbook in the World, while RTÉ’s Operation Transformation was also recognised in the Health and Nutrition Institutions category, winning 2nd prize.
Karen Austin was another Irish runner-up with her vegetarian cookbook, The Lettercollum Cookbook. Looking North, NI Good Food won third prize in the Culinary Travel category for its food and drink guide of Northern Ireland.
Trevis L. Gleason was awarded the Special Prestige Award of the International Jury for his book Chef Interrupted.
On winning Best Digital Food Magazine in the world, Managing Director Keith Mahon said, “Winning this prestigious award means the world to myself and Jules, and the entire team at TheTaste. To be known as Best Digital Food & Wine Publication in the world is something we never expected to happen, just to be shortlisted was an honour but to win means we have achieved something very, very special.
“We are so proud to write about the food scene in Ireland and feel this award is for everyone who has helped TheTaste since we started. There is a true passion for food in Ireland and we do our best to record this passion on a national and international stage. Finally, we would like to thank all the judges in Yantai and we are delighted to have won.”
TheTaste is a family-run business, set up by husband and wife team Keith and Jules Mahon in October 2014, that strives to be a culinary kaleidoscope for food, wine, cocktails, whiskey and more. In its first year of business alone TheTaste generated over €2 million in revenue for the Irish hospitality market. Now, after 18 months, with the support of a small dedicated team, TheTaste has gained 1.7m readers, and 215,000 registered members that get a fresh taste of foodie news, recipes and more to their inbox every single day.