Marx Canoy’s Food Feast Cookbook recognised at Living Now Book Awards


Chef Marx Canoy with Philippine Star Gaby Concepcion during the ‘Wow’ Festival in Blacktown.


Pinoy recipe book Marx Canoy’s Food Feast: Traditional to World-Class Philippine Cuisine, by Marx Canoy (MarxChef Trading) was awarded with bronze during the recent 2013 Living Now Book Awards’ Cooking/Ethnic/Holiday Category. 


Author Marx Canoy is the sous chef at Vibe Rushcutters Bay (winner, Midscale Hotel, 2011 HM Awards). He was previously senior chef de partie at Sofitel Hotel and IHG Holiday Inn and formerly head chef in some Sydney Restaurant and also working as the Events Chef at ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.


His cookbook’s unique collection of recipes also narrates a story of a Filipino boxer who loves cooking so much it became his career, his passion and his life. 


While Chef Marx trained as a boxer under the coaching of Lope “Papa” Sarreal (called the “Grand Old Man of Philippine Boxing”), it was in the kitchen that Marx chose to become a champion – a master in the fine art of injecting Filipino influences into international cuisine.


Marx Canoy’s Food Feast became a reality through the support of the Filipino- Australian community and the assistance of Michelle Baltazar, Millie Marcial- Phillips and Albert Prias. 


The book is aimed to introduce Filipino cuisine, with a contemporary twist, to the wider Australian community and show Filipino chefs who want to work in Australia, a list of the dishes often served in top hotels, cafes and restaurants.


The Gold winner Maya’s Secrets, by Maya León- Meis, Malena Perdomo, and Martín Limas-Villers (American Cancer Society) and the Silver: A Romance with Indonesian Cooking, by Irene Liem; design and photography by Lilian Liem (Self-Published) 


Here are the other gold, silver and bronze medalists in their fifth annual Living Now Book Awards with 30 regular subject categories are followed by the results in their new Evergreen Book Medal categories. Here are the 2013 Living Now Book Award winners, listed by category.


1. Cookbooks/General
Gold: Fast, Fresh + Simple, by Hope Cohen (Strawberryblonde Press)
Silver: Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, by Patricia Moore-Pastides (University of South Carolina Press)
Bronze: LiveEatCookHealthy, by Rachel Khanna (Self-Published)

2. Cooking/ Natural (Nutrition, Organic, Vegetarian, etc.)
Gold: FoodTrients: Age-Defying Recipes for a Sustainable Life, by Grace O (FoodTrients Publishing Company)
Silver: Fire & Ice: ALASKA – Baked, Blended, & Sautéed, by Sharon R. Leippi (Frosty Books)
Bronze: Your Best Investment: Secrets to a Healthy Body and Mind, by Edwin Lee M.D., F.A.C.E; with Alison Gordon B.S. and Laura Gavin M.S. (IHB Publishing, LLC)

3. Cooking/Ethnic/Holiday
Gold: Maya’s Secrets, by Maya León-Meis, Malena Perdomo, and Martín Limas-Villers (American Cancer Society)
Silver: A Romance with Indonesian Cooking, by Irene Liem; design and photography by Lilian Liem (Self-Published)
Bronze: Marx Canoy’s Food Feast: Traditional to World-Class Philippine Cuisine, by Marx Canoy (MarxChef Trading)


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