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Book which celebrates diversity of food in Welsh BAME community up for prestigious international award

20 Sep 2021 2 minute read
Maggie Ogunbanwo with her book The Melting Pot

A recipe book that celebrates the diversity of food in the Welsh Black, Asian and minority ethnic community has been nominated for a prestigious award.

The Melting Pot by Maggie Ogunbanwo, released six months ago, is up for a Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the migrant category for 2022.

Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau of Spain, the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television shows and has been likened to the Oscars of the culinary literature genre.

Past winners from the UK have included a plethora of well-known chefs such as Nigella Lawson and Raymond Blanc, and corporate giants Marks & Spencer.

The Melting Pot is the brainchild of Maggie Ogunbanwo, whose roots are in Nigeria, but lives in north Wales, and runs her own business called ‘Maggie’s An African Twist to your Everyday Dish’, making African food products, such as spices and sauces.

On the award nomination she said: “Well I cannot believe it, I’m totally shocked and truly honoured to be nominated, and to be among the best cookbooks in the world, it’s truly amazing!

“The book is a celebration of the diverse recipes contributed by members of the minority ethnic community in Wales,” Maggie Ogunbanwo said.

“The recipes draw together flavours, inspirations and traditions from Bali to Zimbabwe and the rich stories behind each dish, recognising food as a universal language through which we can all communicate and share.”

‘Rich and varied’

The cookery book was launched by the Welsh Government’s Minister for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths at a virtual book launch back in March this year.

The Minister said: “I am delighted ‘The Melting Pot’ has been nominated for such a prestigious award. With some great past winners, it is a true honour to be included in the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

“A huge congratulations to Maggie who has done an excellent job showcasing contemporary Wales through the eyes of those within the BAME community who are making a valuable contribution to the Welsh food and drink industry.

“This book reinforces our culture which is rich and varied, and I encourage everyone to try the recipes, read the stories and appreciate the diversity of our country.”

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Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
2 years ago

Llongyfarchiadau Maggie Ogunbanwo, da iawn 😊

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
2 years ago

We in Wales need to reflect everybody in our country not just one side. And by this are refering not only to our BEMA communities but ourselves too. Maggie Ogunbanwo book not only reveals the the culinary traditions & tastes , but also fills in the gaps in our history largely whitewashed out. See, it’s not only BEMA history & contributions that’s been suppressed, but far longer is native Welsh history, which for centuries have been redacted from history books by the English state, Britishness and centrist Whitehall misrule when direct rule meant an English one-size- fits -Wales agenda taught… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Y Cymro

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