The Gastronomische Akademie Deutschlands e.V. was founded in 1959 and is based in Frankfurt am Main. It sees itself as an association of experts from the gastronomy and related industries, whose purpose is the promotion of table culture, culinary art, culture and history of gastronomy as well as subject-related science and education. Since 1963 the "Carl-Friedrich-von-Rumohr-Ring" has been awarded sporadically. Prize winners are personalities and institutions that have rendered special services and achievements in the fields of culinary art and table culture. The name of the award goes back to the German agricultural historian, art historian, writer and gastrosopher Carl Friedrich von Rumohr (1785-1843). The "Literary Competition", which was established in 1960, aims to encourage authors and publishers to bring high-quality gastronomic books to the market. Prizes in the form of a seal of approval are only awarded to new publications. Since 1971, the Golden Pen has been the highest award, followed by gold and silver medals. Previous award winners have included the wine authors or wine critics Michael Broadbent, GuyBonnefoitBonnefoit Guy, HughJohnsonJohnson Hugh, Robert M.ParkerParker Robert, JancisRobinsonRobinson Jancisand MarioScheuermannScheuermann Mario.