(Press Release) Hatfield, MA – Lisa Ekus, Founder & President of The Lisa Ekus Group, will be awarded the honor of 2012 Outstanding Career by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, held February 23, 2013, in Paris, France at the Gourmand Awards Gala event. Past winners of the Outstanding Career Award include Chuck Williams, Richard Grausman, and Dun Gifford.

In her more than 30 years in the culinary industry, Lisa Ekus has cooked dinner for Julia Child, media trained Emeril Lagasse and Padma Lakshmi, secured book deals for more than 150 authors, created culinary partnerships with leading manufacturers such as Lipton, Del Monte, Keebler, General Mills, Kraft, and Williams-Sonoma, and represented numerous restaurants, books, and food companies for public relations, including American Roland Food Corp. In addition to being a pioneer of the industry, Lisa is a cookbook collector with over 7,000 volumes (and counting!) in her library. She also works closely with a number of charitable organizations, including The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, PeaceTrees Vietnam, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The Lisa Ekus Group, which began as a public relations agency—the first of its kind in the United States, devoted entirely to cookbooks, chefs, and food products—has grown into a full-service culinary agency providing media training, public relations, consulting, talent representation, and literary agency services to a world of culinary talent. In 2000, The Lisa Ekus Group began offering Literary Agenting services and has since negotiated more than 350 book deals with such publishers as Andrews McMeel, Running Press, Artisan, Chronicle, HarperCollins, Penguin, Robert Rose, Simon & Schuster, Sterling, Ten Speed Press, Wiley, and numerous others. In 2009, Lisa was joined by her daughter Sally Ekus, Literary Associate, who has brought in numerous new authors to the blossoming literary agency.   

We are equally delighted to announce that longtime client Anne Willan will be honored with the “Best in the World Award” from the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook (University of California Press). For a full list of authors we currently represent, please click here. For a list of sold titles, click here. For more information on The Lisa Ekus Group, please visit www.lisaekus.com.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau with the goal of recognizing and rewarding international culinary talent. Awards are given to cookbooks of excellence and culinary professionals from all over the globe. For more information on the awards and how to enter, please visit http://www.cookbookfair.com.

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