Food writers elect new President

Trudi Nelson, president of the NZ Guild of Food Writers
Promising a new vision for nurturing the nation’s food writers, Trudi Nelson from has been elected President of the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers.

A self-taught cook, editor and radio and TV presenter, Trudi succeeds Anne Scott who was President for two years. The Guild’s executive also has four new faces at the table.

Trudi says she is looking forward to elevating the profile of what the Guild’s members do as food writers. “Our ever-changing world presents many challenges and opportunities in a dynamic environment, not only in the kitchen but also in the ways we communicate in modern society. While I am keen to celebrate our experience and expertise built over three decades, I am also passionate about the role Guild members can play in terms of food education and healthy ‘Kiwi kai’. Vital ingredients in the mix are our up-and-coming food stars and our corporate partners. I am extremely keen to nurture those connections to provide development opportunities for our profession and all those involved in our food industry,” Trudi says.

Lauraine Jacobs is a prominent food writer and past president of the Guild and she is thrilled at Trudi’s appointment. “Trudi brings energy, enthusiasm and leadership to the role. I’m very much looking forward to the exciting developments Trudi and her new committee are proposing. I am sure her energy will help generate new enthusiasm from both professional and corporate members,” she says.

At age seven, Trudi wrote her first recipe for her local newspaper. She still has the Snoopy apron she proudly received on her eighth birthday and firmly believes in a 'kids in the kitchen' mantra. She is the face, voice and words behind and has recently completed her first children's rhyming recipe book. Outside of her Guild work, she wrangles three busy boys and her voiceover commitments for radio and television.

In addition, the Guild has made a new appointment with Rachel Nui assuming the role of NZGFW administration secretary. Rachel was formerly in the travel industry.

NZ Guild of Food Writers executive for 2014-15
Newly elected:
Fiona Smith, deputy food editor, Cuisine magazine (Culinary Quill 2013 winner - Visual)
Rachel Priestley, food and wine consultant, Wellington
Tracey Sunderland, food stylist, chef and My Food Bag recipe consultant
Greig Buckley, artisan food providore at Kai, trustee on the Garden to Table board, and NZ ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Carrying on from 2013:
Kathy Paterson, Bite magazine, food writer and stylist (Culinary Quills 2013 winner - Recipe)
Vicki Ravlich Horan, Nourish magazine editor (Culinary Quill finalist)
Renee Lang, independent publisher and editor of the Guild’s Pen & Palate newsletter
Erica Allen, 2013 NZGFW Otago conference co-organiser

About the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers
The New Zealand Guild of Food Writers was formed in 1987 as a networking base for food journalists and those in allied occupations to provide opportunities to advance their knowledge of, and interest in, the specialist area of food, beverages and associated services. All members interface with the public in some way – through magazines, newspapers, radio, TV, publishing, teaching, consultancy, PR, catering, or photography. The Guild is run by an executive committee of professional members, with regional representatives.