Fortnum & Mason awards for Chatto and Jacqui Small

Fortnum & Mason awards for Chatto and Jacqui Small

Chatto & Windus and Jacqui Small proved triumphant at the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2014 last night (Tuesday 13th May), with Jojo Tulloh winning the Food Book prize for The Modern Peasant (Chatto & Windus) and World’s Best Cider (Jacqui Small) by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw receiving the Drink Book prize.

Now in their second year, the awards, which are designed to celebrate the best in writing, publishing and broadcasting on food and drink, were presented by Claudia Winkleman at the flagship Fortnum & Mason store in Piccadilly.

In the Photography category, Romas Foord was victorious for Historic Heston (Bloomsbury).

Claudia Roden received the special Judges' Choice award for her championing of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food across a 60-year career.

The TV Personality of the Year award, which was chosen by the public, went to the Hairy Bikers, David Myers and Simon King, who have sold 45,038 copies of their latest book The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), a tie-in with their BBC 2 television programme of the same name, through Nielsen BookScan since January 2014.

BBC Radio 4’s “The Food Programme” was awarded the Radio prize and “Victoria Wood’s A Nice Cup of Tea”, produced by Keo Films, received the prize for TV.

Other winners on the night included Tim Hayward, who was named best Food Writer for his work in FT Weekend Magazine, and Nina Caplan, who got best Drink Writer for her work in the New Statesman. Kerstin Rodgers was best Online Food Writer for her work on msmarmitelover.com and Tim Atkin was best Online Drink Writer for timatkin.com. The Cookery Writer award went to Rose Prince for her work in the Telegraph magazine, the Restaurant Writer award was given to Marina O’Loughlin of the Guardian Weekend magazine, while best Online Restaurant Writer was Chris Pople for cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.com.

Over 400 entries across the 12 categories were received and judged by a panel of food and drink experts, led by Ewan Venters, c.e.o of Fortnum & Mason. Winners received a unique, gold plated Fortnum & Mason trophy, a magnum of Fortnum & Mason Vintage Champagne and a hamper.