International victory for cookbook author
SUNSHINE Coast businesswoman Kim McCosker has been cast into the international spotlight after claiming top honours at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Often referred to as the 'Oscars of the cookbook world' the awards feature works from identities such as Jamie Oliver and Dr Deepak Chopra.
However, despite considering herself "a very small fish in a large pond" Mrs McCosker's Slow Cooker book was awarded Cookbooks Best Selling Author at the ceremony held in Yantai, China on the weekend.
She won the award against seven other short-listed authors from Canada, France, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
"It was really surprising to win but fantastic too," Mrs McCosker said.
"The experience was amazing and the category we were in was one of the bigger categories too."
The author of the successful 4 Ingredients cookbooks said it was a hugely rewarding trip which not only showcased 4 Ingredients, but the Sunshine Coast too.
"There were many countries that participated in the awards in China and only four or five had heard about 4 Ingredients and the Sunshine Coast but not one of them didn't know who and where we came from by the time we had left.
"When we go travelling we are ambassadors for not only 4 Ingredients but the Sunshine Coast as well."
Mrs McCosker also built relationships with major publishing houses too.
She hoped her trip would spawn a new cookbook aimed at the Asian market which featured classic western dishes.
"There's a bit more benefits than just winning an award," she said.
"We used the trip as a recon for a potential partnership with NCIEC Beijing, the largest publisher in China.
"We first met representatives from NCIEC at Frankfurt Book Fair last October, then again at The Singapore Booksellers Association Summit last November."
She also visited regional supermarkets during her research for the new book to gather an understanding of ingredients readily available to the average Chinese shopper.
"It was a really good opportunity," she said.
"It was a really fantastic experience and it will be in my heart forever."
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the win was a huge achievement for Kim and well deserved following the success of the 4 Ingredients cookbook series.
"I want to pass on my congratulations to Kim - this is a huge achievement on an international scale," Cr Jamieson said.
"Kim has worked hard to achieve this success and she is a great ambassador for our Sunshine Coast region.
"It's wonderful to see the recognition of Kim's hard work and dedication.
"Kim is such an inspiration to many in our community, a great supporter of small businesses in our region and is an 'I Fly Local' ambassador for the Sunshine Coast Airport."
Kim McCosker self-funded the 4 Ingredients project and sold the books door-to-door to maximise her zero budget marketing strategy.
She now has one of Australia's fastest-growing digital footprints. Her books are sold in 26 countries and printed in six languages.