Awards 2018 Winners
18 June 2018
The winners of the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2018 have been announced.
The annual Awards ceremony, held on Monday 18 June at Opera Holland Park, celebrated the best of British food writing and broadcasting.
The prestigious event is organised by the Guild of Food Writers, the UK’s professional association of food writers and broadcasters, and for the second year the main sponsor is Tenderstem®.
Guild President Xanthe Clay, who presented the Awards, said: ‘The world of food writing and broadcasting is dynamic and diverse, and our winners (from Joanna Blythman and Tim Hayward to Reem Kassis and Meera Sodha) represent the cream of the crop. It's a perfect precis of what you need to read, watch and listen to this year.’
The Guild presented a Special Award to Anna Hicks widow of the renowned and universally beloved fruit-and-vegetable expert Charlie Hicks; Charlie died earlier this year and was an inspiration to many in the food world.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to illustrious author, cookery teacher and food historian Anne Willan, described as the Englishwoman who taught the French how to cook.
You can view full details of all the winners and sponsors below.
This year’s Awards sponsors are Tenderstem® (main sponsor of the Awards); California Walnuts (sponsor of the Cookery Book Award); Food NI (Taste of Ulster) and Hannan Meats (sponsors of the Restaurant Writing Award); Gold Top (sponsor of the Cookery Writing Award); Lakeland (sponsor of the Food Magazine or Section Award); Milk & More (sponsor of the Food Book Award); Satellite PR (sponsor of the Food Blog Award); Seafood from Norway (sponsor of the Food Broadcast Award); Tebay Services and Gloucester Services (sponsor of the Food and Travel Award); Thermapen® (sponsor of the Food Writing Award); and Wines of Tejo (sponsor of the First Book Award).
The Guild of Food Writers 2018 Awards Winners:
Food Writing Award
(Sponsored by Thermapen®)
Joanna Blythman for work published by the Sustainable Food Trust and in The Guardian and Sunday Herald
Cookery Writing Award
(Sponsored by Gold Top)
Meera Sodha for work published in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine
Restaurant Writing Award
Tim Hayward for work pubished in FT Weekend Magazine
Food Blog Award
(Sponsored by Satellite PR)
Grand Dishes (granddishes.com) by Iska Lupton and Anastasia Miari
Food Broadcast Award
(Sponsored by the Seafood from Norway)
Food Programme: Leah Chase: The cook who changed America presented and produced by Dan Saladino (BBC Radio 4)
British Food Award
Food and Travel Award
Tasting Georgia A food and wine journey in the Caucasus by Carla Capalbo (Pallas Athene)
Campaigning and Investigative Food Work Award
Foodism: Issue 21 (sustainability special issue) (Square Up Media)
Food Magazine or Section Award
(Sponsored by Lakeland)
Market Life magazine, edited by Mark Riddaway
First Book Award
(Sponsored by Wines of Tejo)
The Palestinian Table by Reem Kassis (Phaidon)
Food Book Award
(Sponsored by Milk & More)
The Hungry Empire: How Britain’s Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World by Lizzie Collingham (Bodley Head)
Cookery Book Award
(Sponsored by California Walnuts)
The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones (4th Estate)
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Guild of Food Writers Awards were established in 1996 and are presented in recognition of outstanding achievements in food writing and broadcasting. The awards are the only ones that are judged entirely by professional food writers, journalists and editors.
Several Guild Awards are presented in memory of talented members of the Guild who are no longer with us:
- The British Food Award is presented in memory of Michael Smith.
- The Campaigning and Investigative Food Work Award is presented in memory of Derek Cooper.
- The Cookery Writing Award is presented in memory of Evelyn Rose.
- The First Book Award is presented in memory of Jeremy Round.
- The Food and Travel Award is presented in memory of Kate Whiteman.
(Main sponsor of the Awards)
“Whether you’re preparing a fiery stir-fry or looking for a delicate accompaniment to a perfect piece of fish, Tenderstem® is an inspiring ingredient that’s sure to bring personality to the dish. A cross between Chinese kale and regular broccoli, Tenderstem® is quick to cook, full of flavour and incredibly versatile.
Grown and picked by hand in the UK between May and November and available all year round from farms in Europe and Kenya, Tenderstem® happily adds colour and flavour to a huge range of dishes. It has a mild, distinctive flavour and a succulent texture more akin to asparagus than traditional broccoli. As the name suggests, Tenderstem® is tender from floret to stem so you can eat the whole vegetable, so there’s no waste, unlike ordinary broccoli, which tends to have a thicker, and sometimes woody, stem. Whatever your cooking style, there are plenty of options when it comes to serving Tenderstem®: steam it, boil it, stir fry it, BBQ it, griddle it, roast it, or even enjoy it raw.
Figures from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey reveal that seven out of 10 people fail to get the recommended 5-a-day. A serving of Tenderstem® – around 7 stems – counts as one of your 5-a-day. It’s low in calories and high in fibre – an 80g serving contains just 28 calories and 3g fibre – and is perfect for adding variety to our diet, which can help to make healthy eating really enjoyable. Some nutrients are especially good at supporting our immune system; these include vitamins A and C, together with folate (a B vitamin). Many fruit and veg contain these nutrients, but Tenderstem® is one of the few vegetables that’s rich in all three of these, making it an ideal choice for staying fighting fit. Think oranges are the ultimate vitamin C boost? Tenderstem® has twice the amount of this vital vitamin, gram for gram.
The Tenderstem® Team is very proud to support the Guild as its main sponsor for the second year, after five years of sponsoring its Food Magazine or Section Award.”
You can find out more about Tenderstem® at tenderstem.co.uk; on Twitter: @tenderstem; on Facebook: facebook.com/tenderstem; on Pinterest: pinterest.com/tenderstem/; on Instagram: instagram.com/tenderstem.
(Sponsor of the Cookery Book Award)
“Naturally nutritious California walnuts are known for their light and creamy flavour. Fresh from the sun-dappled orchards of The Golden State, they’re a delicious and versatile ingredient, bursting with wholesome, plant-based goodness.
Walnuts are high in unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and a 30g handful is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These good fats help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, which are vital to heart health1. In fact, Heart UK lists nuts (including walnuts) as one of six foods that actively help lower cholesterol.
These little wonders are not only a handy addition to the diet, but they’re tasty and satisfying too. But what exactly is it that makes them so special?
It all comes down to the place they’re grown. California is world-renowned for its blissful year-round sunshine and rich, diverse terra – and deservingly so. The incredible soil quality and consistent seasonal weather conditions, hot summer temperatures, and a plentiful supply of clean, fresh meltwater straight from the Sierra Mountains, all help to create their smooth, light and nutty taste. Combine this with stringent quality controls, so stringent that they even exceed California state inspection standards, already reputed to be the world’s toughest, and you’ve got a recipe for walnut-growing success.”
Find out all you need to know about California walnuts from the scoop on health and nutrition to recipe inspiration at californiawalnuts.uk; on Twitter: @Walnuts_UK; on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Walnuts.UK; on Instagram: @walnuts_uk.
Food NI and Hannan Meats
(Sponsor of the Restaurant Writing Award)
“Taste the Greatness – Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is the emerging food region of the UK. A great little place with giant ambition, it has a flourishing food and drink scene, great producers, fantastic chefs and inimitable spirit.
The Taste the Greatness message is supported by a unique collaboration of food businesses in Northern Ireland, including Peter Hannan (The Meat Merchant), and Food NI, who are coming together to sponsor the Restaurant Writing Award.
Our aim is to spread the message about how good our food and drink tastes.
2016 was our first ever Year of Food and Drink. We welcomed 490 food and travel writers to Northern Ireland and most of them want to return.”
(Sponsor of the Cookery Writing Award)
“Gold Top with Cream at the Top
Established in Buckinghamshire in 1954, QMP was set up in association with milk producers throughout the country to market and promote their new brand, Gold Top.
The Gold Top selection stands for premium quality and superior taste, it is this quality, alongside our high end service, which makes us stand out from our competitors.
The original Gold Top Milk is made the traditional Guernsey and Jersey way with the cream on the top, and tastes delicious, the luxurious Gold Top Smooth is a variation whereby the indulgent cream is blended evenly throughout the entire bottle. The Gold Top family includes, butter, cream, ice cream amongst others.
QMP are set to make an even greater impact through increased promotion, as well as sponsoring several dairy and food shows in the UK and internationally throughout the year, we have sponsored the first Milk Sommelier event, held at Borough Market in London, with others to follow in the UK. QMP are aiming to organise some more on farm product promotion demonstration days.”
(Sponsor of the Food Magazine or Section Award)
“Lakeland, the experts in cooking, baking, cleaning and laundry was founded over 50 years ago in the heart of the Lake District. From humble beginnings this family owned business is now a multi-national, multi-channel retailer offering millions of customers over 4000 quality, ‘can’t live without’ products for the kitchen and home. Lakeland is constantly looking for ground-breaking innovations and ideas to add to their extensive range to ensure that their customers have everything they need to create delicious, healthy meals at home and handy time savers to make life just that little bit easier.
Customers can shop using the Lakeland catalogue, by phone, online, click and collect service or by visiting one of their 68 stores up and down the country. Lakeland offer over 500 free recipes online and you’ll also discover regular in-store demonstrations in many of their stores.
No matter how you shop, Lakeland’s knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer expert advice and ideas and of course all of their products are backed by Lakeland’s unrivalled 3 year guarantee!”
Milk & More
(Sponsor of the Food Book Award)
“Milk & More is the largest milk doorstep delivery service in the country, with approximately 1,200 milkmen and women delivering to over half a million homes, six days a week.
Milk & More’s milkmen make approximately 80 million deliveries a year, including around 100 million iconic one-pint glass bottles, which themselves are reused an average of 25 times. All milk is sourced from Milk & More’s trusted network of farmers across the UK. Organic, whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk options are available, alongside a variety of milk alternatives.
As well as milk, Milk & More’s milkmen deliver an ever-evolving range of products. Many of the 200 products now on offer are locally and regionally sourced premium items, such as The Ludlow Nut Company Luxury Muesli and Organic Bath Soft Cheese.
The milkman is the UK’s oldest doorstep delivery service, going back over 150 years. Today’s Milk & More service still enables customers to order milk and other daily essentials directly via the milkman – or they can manage their account online where they can place, check or change orders up to 9pm the night before their next delivery. There is no delivery charge and most deliveries are made before 7am.”
For further information, please visit milkandmore.co.uk.
(Sponsor of the Food Blog Award)
“We’re a multi-award winning PR agency with offices in London, Norwich and Amsterdam.
Our recipe for success is secret and a bit special. The main ingredients are enthusiasm, energy and a passion for ideas. We also love food!
In the past few years we’ve taken a cow into a school, held a BBQ masterclass on a roof top in Shoreditch and encouraged students to eat healthy food on a budget.
If you’d like to find out more, visit our website or better still give me a call: Pauline Kent (head cook and bottle washer) 07809 195871.”
Seafood from Norway
(Sponsor of the Food Broadcast Award)
“Norway. Tough for humans. Perfect for seafood.
A rough climate, an unforgiving nature and a brutally cold sea. The harsh conditions that make Norway an inhospitable place for humans make it perfect for all kinds of seafood, especially Cod, Haddock, Skrei, Salmon and Fjord Trout. Which is why, for thousands of years, the hardy Norwegians who settled in this tough landscape have made fishing their livelihood.
This deep connection that Norwegian people have with the sea has driven Norway to become a world leader in sustainable fishing and fish farming. They know it’s only when the fish are thriving that the people can thrive. They truly know the importance of protecting the valuable resource of the sea for future generations to come.
The continuous scientific and sustainable management of Norwegian fisheries supplies the UK with a healthy supply of quality, fresh and frozen at sea MSC certified Cod and Haddock, from one of the biggest stocks in the world. The Norwegians are also world leaders in aquaculture, being the first to develop the sea-based farming method in the 1970s. They have pioneered the industry and been at the forefront of salmon production, thanks to a spectacular natural landscape which provides perfect conditions for farming fish.
It's our job to tell these stories – and why Norway is one of the biggest and most sustainable producers of seafood in the world.”
Tebay Services and Gloucester Services
(Sponsor of the Food and Travel Award)
“At Westmorland, we’re different.
Westmorland were the first family run motorway services on the UK roads, owning and operating Gloucester Services on the M5 and Tebay Services on the M6.
There are no franchises or fast food on our forecourts. Instead, a Farmshop selling locally produced food, a butchery featuring meat reared from our own farm and a Kitchen serving homemade dishes produced daily using local ingredients.
Proper food with locality and a sense of belonging is at the very heart of everything we do. We believe proper food matters.
So we serve it where you’d least expect it—on the motorway.
The services’ story begins in 1972 when John and Barbara Dunning, Cumbrian hill farmers, set up Tebay Services when the M6 cut though their farm. They opened a small 30 seat café serving home cooked, locally sourced food.
The Dunnings viewed the M6 not as the death of a farm, but the beginning of a whole new chapter in how they ran the farm—and that ethos of innovation and a desire to do things properly defines the Westmorland Family businesses.
Forty-five years on and we are still here, still family owned, still farming and still with a fierce passion for, and a pride in, our landscape, our people, our environment and its products.
Back then it was visionary. Today, we’re part of a local food revolution welcoming 10 million customers a year.”
(Sponsor of the Food Writing Award)
“A favourite kitchen essential of many celebrity chefs and professional cooks, the Thermapen® is made in Britain by ETI Ltd, the UK’s leader in the manufacture and design of electronic thermometers and temperature probes. This year the business was awarded with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise within the category of Innovation, the fourth Queen’s Award for the company since gaining its first in 2012.
Giving an accurate temperature reading in just three seconds, the Thermapen is stylish, easy to use and available in a range of vibrant colours. A must-have for all kitchens whether you are a professional chef, technical baker, or just want to enjoy meat that is both succulent and cooked safely at home.
The Thermapen 4 includes the addition of a patented 360° self-rotating display that can be used in any position, in either hand. The unit incorporates an intelligent backlit display sensing light levels, automatically turning the backlight on/off in varying light conditions, perfect for evening catering events, or where light is poor. The motion-sensing sleep mode automatically turns the unit on/off when set down or picked up, maximising battery life. The Thermapen case is waterproof and includes 'Biomaster’ additive that reduces bacterial growth. The ergonomic rubber seal meanwhile minimises the risk of the ingress of water, dust or food.”
Wines of Tejo
(Sponsor of the First Book Award)
“Located in the very heart of Portugal along the banks of the famed Tejo River and just a short drive from Lisbon, the Tejo (pronounced ‘TAY-JHO’) region is experiencing a wine renaissance from vine to bottle. Formerly known as Ribatejo, the region is now simply called Tejo; the name is a tribute to the river that has shaped its landscape, climate and economy for centuries. Defined by a river and refined by tradition, Tejo wines have a deep-rooted heritage as Portugal’s oldest wine region. Wine estates have made their home along the Tejo River since Roman times. The influence of these ancient grape-growing cultures is evident in the many architectural relics dotting the landscape.
The region is home to more than 80 wineries. Many have been family-owned for generations. Tejo’s terroir is deeply defined by the Tejo River’s breadth and strength, impacting the soil and climate to produce three distinct wine-producing zones: Bairro (northern highlands with rich clay and limestone soils), Charneca (lies south of the River and has warmer temperatures), and Campo (along the Tejo riverbanks with a moderate climate and well drained soils).”