Cordon d'Or - Gold Ribbon

is pleased to present the Bios and Photographs of the Winners in the

Annual International CookBooks and 'Culinary Arts' Awards - 2008





Culinary Academy Awards

Culinarian of the Year

Margaret Dickenson – Author & Chef  




Margaret H. Dickenson

Margaret, a professional home economist, is author of two stunning cookbooks, "Margaret’s Table - Easy Cooking & Inspiring Entertaining" and "From the Ambassador’s Table - Blueprints for Creative Entertaining". Each book has won 4 major international awards. Most recently, Margaret’s Table was recognized as the "Best of the Best Cookbook in the past 12 years" in the entertaining category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In January 2008, this book was recognized as the Best Cookbook on Entertaining at the Cordon d’Or - Gold Ribbon International Annual Cookbook and Culinary Arts Awards 2007. It also took the gold medal for Best Entertaining Cookbook in the World at the 2006 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Beijing, China in April 2007 and a bronze medal at the Independent Book Publisher Awards in the "cookbook" category in New York City in June 2007. In addition, Margaret repeatedly wins international culinary competitions for her particularly innovative recipes and creative menus.

After Margaret’s successful TV series, "Margaret’s Sense of Occasion", viewers are now enjoying "Margaret’s Entertaining Minutes" (which can be seen on her website: )

Margaret is a frequent and popular guest on national and local TV shows across Canada. As well, she has regular food and entertaining sections in both the Diplomat and International Canada and FoodMODE magazines. She teaches cooking classes in the USA and Canada, and "Business Protocol, Social and Dining Etiquette" courses to corporations and other professional clients across the country, e.g., national security agencies, members’ only clubs, Carleton University, etc. She is a presenter of other specialty courses (e.g., culinary arts and team building), demonstrations and keynote speeches for major institutions and organizations.

Margaret is renowned for her abundant and broad range of charity fund raising activities both in Canada and beyond (e.g., various cancer organizations, homeless shelters, community assistance for the needy, home economics scholarships, public library and arts foundations) and for her judging of well recognized culinary competitions.

Margaret was recognized, in 2003 by the University of Guelph, as one of 76 recipients of the Macdonald Institute’s Centennial Awards. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Cuisine Canada, Canadian Foreign Service Association as well as the Ontario & Ottawa Home Economics Associations.




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