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, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to buy tickets for the ceremony on Wednesday 30 May or to be informed of the winners.
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.timeout.com/london/restaurants and Time Out: Things To Do: London (iPhone App)
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 email@example.com 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