Celebrity cook gets just desserts at graduation

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It was a long time between courses but Lincoln served up one of the university’s specialities to celebrity cook Annabel Langbein, who was among those being honoured for their hard work, at Lincoln University’s graduation recently. 

Ms Langbein added an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce to the Diploma of Horticulture with Distinction she was awarded by Lincoln University in 1981.

She was among 487 people awarded qualifications in two ceremonies at the Lincoln Events Centre, however 801 degrees, certificates and diplomas will be awarded in total in 2017.

Forbes Elworthy received the Bledisloe Medal, while Brian Hedley was given the 2017 Alumni International Medal winner. 

Ms Langbein’s prime-time TV series, The Free Range Cook is viewed in more than 90 countries and she can list a rich smorgasbord of achievements.

Her numerous self-published cookbooks have sold more than two million copies, she directs her own media company, and she writes food columns for several publications.

Her philanthropic work has included raising substantial sums for the Heart Foundation of New Zealand, Autism New Zealand and other charity groups. Mr Elworthy studied agricultural economics at Lincoln University, where he was student president in 1984.

After working in overseas financial markets he founded Craigmore Sustainables — now one of New Zealand’s leading farming businesses with investments in dairy, horticulture, red meat and also in the carbon forestry sector.

Mr Hedley completed a Diploma in Valuation and Farm Management at Lincoln in 1960.

He has served on the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aid Advisory Committee, as a director of several New Zealand companies, as a member of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural Science and New Zealand Society of Farm Management, and most recently as a trustee of the Kyrgyzstan New Zealand Rural Trust.

Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robin Pollard says the awards reflect the diverse fields that Lincoln graduates influence and succeed in, and the outstanding contributions the award recipients have made to society and the world at large.