Veteran food and travel writer and editor-in-chief of realfoodtraveler.com, Bobbie Hasselbring, has earned the top spot in Canada’s first Culinary Journalism Awards, co-sponsored by the Canadian Tourism Commission and Food Day Canada. Bobbie, who is the founder of realfoodtraveler.com and a freelance food and travel writer/editor, was honored recently at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco during Canada Media Marketplace, Canada’s tourism event for journalists.
Bobbie was presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 for “Best Writing in Any Medium” for her story “A Taste of the Garden,” which appeared on www.realfoodtraveler.com.
Anita Stewart, a highly-regarded expert on Canadian cuisine, author of 14 food-related books, and the founder of Food Day Canada, said of Bobbie’s winning entry, “Bobbie wrote lyrically about the Les Jardins de Metis [Maritime Quebec’s Reford Garden]. “Taste of the Garden” is an excellent history of Redord Gardens and Bobbie provided an in-depth discussion of the food and the chef’s culinary philosophy. In both words and images, she expertly captured its spectacular beauty.”
Another judge wrote, “[After reading Bobbie’s story], I’m fantasizing about cooking in the kitchen.”
The competition, open to journalists writing about Canada’s culinary scene for American audiences, drew dozens of entries from journalists from all over the U.S. and beyond. The judging panel included some of Canada’s top culinary literary figures, including Stewart, Elizabeth Baird, cookbook author and former Executive Food Editor of Canadian Living magazine, and Alison Bell, a food educator and chef at David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere, British Columbia.
Bobbie, the author of dozens of articles and books, has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years and has written for the Oregonian (FOODday, Travel, Living), Northwest Palate, Northwest Travel, Via, MotorHome magazine, Home & Away, and many others.
When asked about the award, Bobbie said, “The writers who submitted work for this competition are the best in the business so I am really surprised and deeply honored to be the first to receive Canada’s culinary journalism award. Canada has not traditionally been seen as a food destination, but it should be. The country has some wonderful culinary traditions and its chefs and food producers are doing some amazing things with food all around Canada. It’s a great privilege to be able to tell the world about Canada’s culinary gifts.”