Lauraine Jacobs is an internationally regarded food and wine writer and author/editor of nine cookbooks. Trained at the London Cordon Bleu School she has been writing on all matters culinary for more than 25 years. Her best-selling book, The Confident Cook, is a much-loved book in many New Zealand homes. A passionate cook and lover of simply presented fresh food, she has won many food and recipe writing awards including two Gold Ladles at the World Food Media Awards. A tireless champion of the New Zealand fine culinary scene, especially small artisan producers, regional specialty foods and farmers’ markets throughout the country, she was the major contributor to the Gold Ladle-winning Cuisine Wine Country. Lauraine accepted an MNZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 for services to the food industry.
Lauraine is best known for her work with Cuisine and her long-running food column in the New Zealand Listener. Lauraine is passionate about the amazing culinary possibilities for our country’s food and wine; her dream is that New Zealand becomes an internationally recognised food-tourism destination.