Members Area

Welcome to the Members’ Area of the Guild of Food Writers website. Here you will find resources that are only available to Guild members, including shortcuts to member benefits such as our discounts and pay survey results.


For more information on the Guild, and to see the full range of our activities and resources, please refer to our new FAQs page.


The directory of members is one of the most important features of the Guild, so please be sure to keep your entry up to date, both with regard to professional activities and contact details. 


Best wishes,


Charlotte Pike


Karen Barnes

I started cooking even before I began school, inspired by my mother who was a cook ahead of her time. Those early experiences sparked a lifelong passion. I've been a journalist for 30 years, working in book publishing and women’s magazines before specialising in food. I was head of the Good Housekeeping Institute for seven years and joined delicious. magazine as editor in April 2010. I have an archive of recipes at home big enough to fill a loft and I'm never happier than when cooking, stirring and creating in the kitchen. My mission, through the pages of delicious. magazine, is to get the nation cooking.

Special subjects

– Editor – Writer – Travel writer – Restaurant reviewer – Recipe writer and editor – Product tester and writer – Teaching food-writing – Consultant

Languages spoken

French (not fluent)

Regular work

Editor, delicious. magazine

Advisory boards / Awards

– On the board of Liberty Kitchen, an initiative training prisoners to cook, giving them skills to help them find work when they leave prison – Trustee for a charity called Ukuthasa, working with poverty-stricken people in Africa (specialist areas: education, housing, HIV training and work empowerment schemes) – Winner, Magazine of the Year, Guild of Food Writers Awards 2015 and 2017 – Winner, Editor of the Year, Food & Drink, 2017 BSME Awards

Commercial interests