As the Guild of Food Writers announces the shortlists for its Annual Awards, there is great speculation about the victors. The Awards, which are the most prestigious in the field of food writing and broadcasting, showcase the very best of the industry and are fiercely competed for. So can Hugh beat Yotam? Will Peyton nobble Luard? Which book will be named Cookery Book of The Year? The results will be announced on Wednesday 30 May at Fishmongers Hall, London.

 

Two new categories (Food Blog of the Year and Food Magazine or Section of the Year) and the introduction of a £500 prize for each Award have added a little extra spice to the contest, and record entries have ensured a fabulous diversity of subject matter from chocolate (good) to transfats (not so good).

 

Established names shortlisted include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Yotam Ottolenghi, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, and Oliver Peyton. Online talent hoping for an Award include Niamh Shields of eatlikeagirl.com and Kerstin Rodgers (aka MsMarmitelover), and little-known gems including website The Foodie Bugle and baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou are also celebrated on the shortlists.

 

The Guild is delighted to have the awards presented this year by one of its most revered members, the multi award-winning food writer Claudia Roden.

 

The Guild of Food Writers Awards are sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. This year’s individual Award sponsors are Schwartz (Food Journalist of the Year), Tenderstem® (Food Magazine or Section of the Year) and Sacla’ (Food Blog of the Year).

Please contact Jonathan Woods, jonathan@gfw.co.uk, if you would like to buy tickets for the ceremony on Wednesday 30 May or to be informed of the winners.

 

Shortlist Summary:

Cookery Book of the Year Award

Bocca by Jacob Kennedy (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Couture Chocolate by William Curley (Jacqui Small)

Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard (Fourth Estate)

Veggiestan by Sally Butcher (Pavilion)

 

Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing or Broadcasting

Alex Renton for work published in The Times and The Observer and broadcast on The Culture Show (BBC Two)

www.fishfight.net and Hugh’s Fish Fight presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Keo Films for Channel 4)

The Food Programme: The Price of Food presented by Dan Saladino (BBC Radio 4)

 

 

Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year

Diana Henry for work published in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine

Lucas Hollweg for work published in The Sunday Times’ Style magazine

Yotam Ottolenghi for work published in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine

 

Food Blog of the Year Award

Sponsored by Sacla’

Eat Like a Girl (www.eatlikeagirl.com) by Niamh Shields

The English Can Cook (www.marmitelover.blogspot.co.uk) by Kerstin Rodgers

Poires au Chocolat (www.poiresauchocolat.net) by Emma Gardner

 

Food Book of the Year Award

Food Britannia by Andrew Webb (Random House)

Scottish Seafood by Catherine Brown (Birlinn)

Street Food Revolution by Richard Johnson (Kyle Cathie)

 

Food Broadcast of the Year Award

Hugh’s Fish Fight presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Keo Films for Channel 4)

Jerusalem on a Plate presented by Yotam Ottolenghi (Keo Films for BBC Four)

The Food Programme: Food Icons: George Perry-Smith, presented by Simon Parkes (BBC Radio 4)

 

Food Journalist of the Year Award

Sponsored by Schwartz

Tim Hayward for work published in Observer Food Monthly and the Financial Times

Christopher Hirst for work published in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday

Tom Parker Bowles for work published in Live magazine in the Mail on Sunday

 

Food Magazine or Section of the Year Award

Sponsored by Tenderstem®

Fire & Knives, edited by Tim Hayward

Food and Travel, edited by Alex Mead

The Jellied Eel, edited by Ben Reynolds

 

Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book

Bryn’s Kitchen by Bryn Williams (Kyle Books)

Good Things To Eat by Lucas Hollweg (Collins)

How To Make Bread by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou (Ryland Peters & Small)

 

Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel

In at the Deep End: Cooking Fish Venice to Tokyo by Jake Tilson (Quadrille)

Jerusalem on a Plate presented by Yotam Ottolenghi (Keo Films for BBC Four)

Two Greedy Italians presented by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo (Fresh One for BBC Two)

 

Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food

A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse by Elisabeth Luard (Bloomsbury)

Peyton and Byrne British Baking by Oliver Peyton (Square Peg)

Work published in the Birmingham Post by Richard McComb

 

Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating

The Food Programme: The Calorie presented by Sheila Dillon (BBC Radio 4)

The Food Programme: Transfats presented by Sheila Dillon (BBC Radio 4)

The Skinny French Kitchen by Harry Eastwood (Bantam Press)

 

New Media of the Year Award

www.bbcgoodfood.com

www.timeout.com/london/restaurants and Time Out: Things To Do: London (iPhone App)

www.thetimes.co.uk/food

thefoodiebugle.com

 

Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award

John Walsh for work published in The Independent magazine

Matthew Norman for work published in the Daily Telegraph’s Weekend

Tracey MacLeod for work published in The Independent magazine

 

THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARDS PARTY

Celebrated Guild member Claudia Roden – author of world-renowned books on Middle Eastern, Italian, Jewish and most recently Spanish food - will be the presenter at this year’s Guild of Food Writers’ Awards, the UK’s biggest food book, writing and media awards.

 

The 2012 Awards party will be on Wednesday 30 May at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge, London EC4R 9EL. The Hall boasts stunning views across the River Thames and the Awards will be presented in the magnificent Banqueting Hall, where the Guild hosted last year’s awards.

 

A memorable canapé menu has been devised by Fishmongers’ Hall’s chef, Guild member Stephen Pini. Stephen developed the menu with the Guild’s events coordinators and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (www.alaskaseafood.org.uk), to showcase wonderful sustainable wild seafood. The Guild is thrilled that the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has agreed to be the main sponsor for the Awards for the fourth year running.

 

To accompany the splendid menu equally exciting wines produced using traditional Spanish grape varieties will be provided by Torres (www.torres.es).

 

Drinks and canapés will be served from 6.30pm, and the Awards will be presented at 7pm. We are delighted that the evening will again be compered by well-known broadcaster, writer and Guild member Bill Buckley.

 

Places are limited, so if you want to come to the party of the year, contact Jonathan Woods as soon as possible by emailing jonathan@gfw.co.uk or by telephone on 020 8659 0422. Places cost £25 for members of the Guild and £45 for guests; please send cheques made payable to the Guild of Food Writers to Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.

 

THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARDS

The Guild of Food Writers Awards were established in 1996. They are the only awards judged entirely by professional food writers, journalists and editors.

The full list of categories is:

The Cookery Book of the Year Award

The Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing or Broadcasting

The Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year

The Food Blog of the Year Award

The Food Book of the Year Award

The Food Broadcast of the Year Award

The Food Journalist of the Year Award

The Food Magazine or Section of the Year Award.

The Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book

The Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel

The Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food

The Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating

The New Media of the Year Award

The Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award