NZ Rugby Kitchen - finalist in the Charity Fundraising caegory of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Random House are proud to announce that the NZ Rugby Kitchen has been selected as a finalist in the Charity Fundraising category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The NZ Rugby Kitchen contains a treasure trove of hearty, tasty recipes from some of New Zealand’s top rugby talent both present and past, with royalties going to the NZ Rugby Foundation. By taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this project all of the players who have contributed have shown how important a charity the New Zealand Rugby Foundation is to them. The foundation is vital in supporting catastrophically injured rugby players financially and emotionally through fund-raising and other activities; and proactively works with the New Zealand Rugby Union to communicate the message of safety first.

Lisa Kingi, CEO for the foundation said “We are absolutely delighted with this news, being shortlisted for the Gourmand Awards is a great development for us.  It’s not all about the financial return for us, whilst vital obviously, it is the  improved public awareness of the Foundation as our key strategic focus and being able to reach so many new sectors through a creative idea which really excites us. It wouldn’t have been at all possible without the support of the New Zealand Rugby Union, New Zealand Rugby Players Association and the willingness of the players to contribute to our cause. Or of course the fantastic team at Random House to whom we are so grateful."

The Gourmand awards are extremely prestigious and 154 countries participated in last year’s awards, entering books in 53 categories. All countries, authors and publishers — big and small — are given equal opportunity to enter.

 For a full list of Gourmand finalists visit the Gourmand International website,