EDMONTON — The prestigious Sandy Sanderson Award of the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) was presented to Mitch Kostuch, group publisher of Kostuch Media Ltd.’s F&H magazine, by Donald Gyurkovits, CCFCC president, at the association’s Annual and General Meeting this weekend in Edmonton.
This is the first time this award has been presented to the same organization. F&H received it in 1992, a few years after the death of Sandy Sanderson, founder and long-time editor of a Vancouver-based chef’s magazine, which is no longer published.
Award nominees are usually selected from consumer media personalities in print, broadcast and digital media that meet the criteria of development and enhancement of the food industry in general, successful operations, community involvement and educational contribution.
The citation on the award plaque presented to Kostuch reads: “In recognition for contributions in promoting the profession of chef and cook in a positive and progressive manner through the resources of print, visual or virtual media.”
F&H magazine has published more than 500 profiles of emerging and leading chefs and hundreds of corporate reports, which include chef executives. It has attended and reported on hundreds of CCFCC events, including just about every CCFCC National Conference and many regional events. Moreover, it has followed Canadian chefs in national and international competitions, including the prestigious World Association of Chefs (WACS) events held around the world. F&H has participated in every WACS Congress since 1974, and is the only Canadian business-to-business publication to attend the international events.