What we do
The Guild runs a variety of events through the year, from educational seminars to forums, and special social events. Often they are timed to fit in with the visit of an international food writer or hero. Last year we were lucky enough to enjoy evenings with Chef Wan from Malaysia, and the charming Madhur Jaffrey.
Regular food forums are held on subjects such as olive oils, milk products, supermarkets and supermarketing, and food in advertising, to provide a platform for those interested in working in these areas.
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Workshops, seminars, and masterclasses offer members the chance to improve their skills in subjects such as writing and sensory evaluation.
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The Guild publishes electronic and printed material of interest to members, including a bi-monthly newsletter, Pen & Palate. All members have the opportunity to contribute to this publication. The Guild also accepts advertisements for Pen & Palate.
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A bi-annual conference is held with guest speakers and workshops at which issues of the moment are discussed, such as genetically modified foods, nutrition issues and food trends. The conference is held in a different centre every two years.
Our last Conference was held in Nelson in November 2011.
The next Conference will be held in 2013, at a venue to be confirmed.
The Culinary Quills
A food writers awards programme is organised in conjunction with the bi-annual conference, with winners announced at the conference dinner. The Culinary Quills awards awards are generously sponsored by our corporate members and encourage food writers to extend their horizons.
Sponsorship and Support
As a not-for-profit industry organisation, we are always grateful for commercial financial support so that we can continue our work.
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You can also advertise on our web site and in Pen & Palate.
If you have any other ideas about how we could work together to mutual benefit, we would love to hear from you - just use the form below to get in touch with us.
Starship ‘Comfort: Food for Sharing’ Cookbook
New Zealand's Guild of Food Writers has teamed up to produce a new cookbook in support of Starship Children's Hospital.
Available from Cook The Books
Comfort: Food for Sharing is bursting with great meals and baking by the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers. All royalties from book sales will go towards the rebuild of Starship's
Neuroservices and Medical Specialties wards. Conditions treated on these wards include brain tumours, metabolic and genetic disorders including Cystic Fibrosis, trauma and suspected child abuse
injuries, respiratory illnesses and infectious diseases.
“At the heart of this book is the fine Kiwi tradition of lending a helping hand by cooking a meal for, or giving the gift of food to, someone in
need,” says Gretchen Hawkesby, Chair of the Friends of Starship. “In these instances, not only are the meals you cook hugely appreciated by the
family in need, but it is also enormously rewarding for you as the cook; you are providing something that is prepared with love, but also has the practical benefit of keeping the family routine
ticking over without any more upheaval than is already necessary.”
Comfort includes lots of tasty one-pot meals such as casseroles, pasta dishes, pies, quiches, soups, meatloaves, risottos, paella, curries and oven-bakes, as well as slices, cakes and other
The 145 recipes in the book were contributed by the likes of Lauraine Jacobs, Allyson Gofton, Al Brown, Tui Flower, Kathy Paterson, Ray McVinnie, Peta Mathias, Ginny Grant, Catherine Bell,
Laura Faire and many others. The stunning food and lifestyle photography is by Nick Tresidder, and includes shots of the children of Friends of Starship volunteers and supporters.
“We hope New Zealanders across the country purchase this book and cook meals from it in the knowledge that while it may provide warmth and comfort to
their own family and friends, they have also provided comfort to the lives of young children and their families at Starship,” says Gretchen.
- Exclusive access to full list of members and their skills.
- Complimentary copies of Pen & Palate, and the opportunity to contribute.
- Invitations to Guild and corporate activities and social get-togethers.
- Preferential access to other industry events and visiting food heroes
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Get to know us!
Member: Anne Scott, President
After gaining a degree in food technology from Massey University, Anne worked in the technical side of the food industry for 10 years before moving into public relations. Then, while she was living in Sydney and later, South-East Asia, she built her skills in writing and publishing so that she now edits and publishes Food New Zealand
, the magazine of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.
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