Bee Wilson, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Rachel Roddy were among the names honoured at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2016 yesterday (22nd June).
The annual awards ceremony, held at Opera Holland Park in London, celebrates the best of British food writing and broadcasting and is organised by the Guild of Food Writers, the UK’s professional association of food writers and broadcasters.
Wilson won the Food Writing Award for her work published in The Times Literary Supplement, The Happy Reader, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (Stella), Intelligent Life, and The Observer, while Fearnley-Whittingstall alongside executive producer Will Anderson won the Food Broadcast Award for "Hugh's War on Waste" which is broadcast on BBC One.
Roddy's Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome, which won the First Book Award, was the first of two Saltyard Books to win at the awards. The second was Honey & Co: The Baking Book by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, which won the Cookery Book Award.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement award was given to Elisabeth Luard in recognition of the "rich talent" and "unique voice" she has demonstrated since the publication of her first book, European Peasant Cookery (Grub Street), three decades ago.
Guild president Xanthe Clay, who presented the prizes, said: "The awards are the biggest in the UK and judged entirely by Guild members. The diverse nature of our winners (from well-known food heroes such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to chef Stephen Harris, blogger Elly McCausland and café couple Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich) demonstrates the breadth of talent in the UK – and our members’ skill at recognising it."
The full winners are below:
Food Writing Award (Sponsored by SuperFast Thermapen)
Bee Wilson for work published in The Times Literary Supplement, The Happy Reader, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (Stella), Intelligent Life, The Observer
Cookery Writing Award (Sponsored by Gold Top)
Stephen Harris for work published in The Telegraph, Weekend section
Food Blog Award (Sponsored by Encona)
Nutmegs, Seven (www.nutmegsseven.co.uk) by Elly McCausland
Food Broadcast Award
"Hugh’s War on Waste" presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, executive producer Will Anderson (KEO Films for BBC ONE)
British Food Award (Sponsored by Aspall)
Lindsey Bareham for work published in The Times
Food and Travel Award (Sponsored by Tebay Services and Gloucester Services)
Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style) by Russell Norman (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Campaigning and Investigative Food Work Award
The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat by Tim Spector (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Food Magazine or Section Award (Sponsored by Tenderstem®)
The Guardian: Weekend magazine food section, edited by Bob Granleese
First Book Award (Sponsored by Virginia Wine)
Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome by Rachel Roddy (Saltyard Books)
Food Book Award (Sponsored by Lakeland)
The Book of Pears: The Definitive History and Guide to Over 500 Varieties by Joan Morgan (Ebury Press)
Cookery Book Award (Sponsored by hillfarm oils)
Honey & Co: The Baking Book by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich (Saltyard Books)
Carmel McConnell MBE
Lifetime Achievement Award