Proud winners: Bart van Olphen (r.) and Tom Kime on stage for the 'Best Sustainable Food Book' Award
Fish Tales wins Best Sustainable Food Book World Award and celebrates MSC Sustainable Fishing
Mar 07, 2011
Bart van Olphen and Tom Kime scooped top prize for Fish Tales in the category 'Best Sustainable Food Book in the World' at the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in Paris last week, on the prestigious stage of the Folies Bergères with more than 1200 people present.
About Fish Tales
Their book, published by Kyle Cathie in conjunction with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), shines a spotlight on sustainable fisheries and the coastal communities they support. The book also inspires readers to get cooking with sustainable seafood, with Tom Kime’s delicious recipes, beautifully photographed.
The fisheries featured in Fish Tales have all been certified against the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing. Products originating from these fisheries are eligible to bear the blue MSC ecolabel, telling customers that the seafood they are choosing is traceable to a well-managed, sustainable source.
Respect and gratitude to MSC fisheries
Bart van Olphen became interested in sourcing sustainable seafood as a seafood entrepreneur in Amsterdam, and, in 2007, his store Fishes became the first retailer in Europe to be certified against the MSC Chain of Custody traceability standard. Tom Kime is an internationally-renowned chef, with a personal mission to use his love of food and fine cooking to educate consumers about sustainability.
Accepting the award, Bart and Tom said: “It’s great news that we won this award. We can’t think of a better confirmation that sustainable ways of fishing, responsible human consumption and haute cuisine go together very well. Our respect and gratitude go out to the MSC certified fisheries and fishermen that made this book possible.”
MSC: Fish Tales inspires consumers
Simon Edwards, MSC Global Marketing and Communications Director, added: “Congratulations from the MSC to Bart and Tom for this well-deserved award. It’s thanks to pioneering and innovative retailers and chefs like them that the market for sustainable seafood is growing year by year, and that sustainable fisheries are able to reap the economic rewards for their commitment. The book is also an inspiration to individual consumers that, simply by buying and enjoying sustainably-sourced seafood, we can all do our bit to transform the market and safeguard the world’s oceans.“
About the authors - Bart van Olphen and Tom Kime
Bart van Olphen set up Fishes - www.fishes.nl - the first sustainable fishmonger’s in Europe which now stock the largest range of MSC certified products. He works with fisheries around the world, finding ways to catch fish in a sustainable way.
Tom Kime has worked in some of the most famous restaurants in London and is the author of, amongst other books, the award-winning Exploring Taste and Flavour and Street Food. He has presented two TV series and appears regularly on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. His website is www.tomkimechef.com.
About the Gourmand World Cookbook Award
The award has been given last March, 3rd, at the world famous theatre Les Folies Bergères in Paris, during the Gourmand Cook Book Fair. It gathered many figures from the professional gastronomy world, authors, chefs, photographs, stylists, publishers, but also professors and students, coming from over 50 countries, many from outside Europe. Thousands of books were sent in from 154 different countries.
Fish Tales is published in several countries: UK, South-Africa and Australia (Kyle Cathie Ltd www.kylecathie.co.uk, ISBN 9781856268837), USA (Kyle Cathie Ltd, ISBN 9781906868178) and Netherlands and Belgium (Fontaine Uitgevers, Tel: +31 (0)35 – 6562080 / e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, ISBN 978-90-5956-324-7).
Fishes: Bart van Olphen, email@example.com
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards: Edouard Cointreau, President, e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MSC: contact email@example.com