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Members' News – April 2017

Felicity Cloake (29/04/2016)

Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards
The shortlists have been announced for the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards, and Guild members are well represented in several categories:
  • In the Food Book category one of the shortlistees is Guild member Elisabeth Luard for Squirrel Pie (and other stories): Adventures in Food Across the Globe (Bloomsbury)
  • In the Cookery Book category three of the shortlistees are Guild members: Meera Sodha for Fresh India: 130 Quick, Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day (Fig Tree); Peter Gordon for Savour: Salads for all Seasons (Jacqui Small); and Diana Henry for SIMPLE: effortless food, big flavours (Mitchell Beazley).
  • In the Debut Food Book category two of the shortlistees are Guild members: Regula Ysewijn for Pride and Pudding: The History of British Puddings, Savoury and Sweet (Murdoch Books) and new member Louise Gray for The Ethical Carnivore: My Year Killing to Eat (Bloomsbury).
  • In the Food Writer category, two of the shortlistees are Guild members: Bee Wilson for work in London Essays and The Guardian; and Tim Hayward for work in The Guardian and FT Weekend Magazine.
  • In the Cookery Writer category, all three of the shortlistees are Guild members: Diana Henry for work in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine; Jojo Tulloh for work in Gardens Illustrated; and Yotam Ottolenghi for work in The Guardian Weekend magazine.
  • In the Restaurant Writer category Guild member Tom Parker Bowles is one of the shortlistees for work in Event Magazine, The Mail on Sunday.
  • Guild member Rick Stein’s programme Taste of Shanghai (Denham Productions) and The Cook Who Changed Our Lives (KEO films) about Guild member Anna Del Conte are shortlisted in the Television Programme category.
  • Diet and Dementia (BBC Radio 4, The Food Programme) presented by Guild member Sheila Dillon is shortlisted in the Radio Programme & Podcast category.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, held at Fortnum & Mason, on Thursday 11 May.

Photograph of Jane MiltonJane Milton is the UK’s first Certified Tea Sommelier

Guild member Jane Milton is the UK’s first ever qualified tea sommelier by the Tea Association of Canada.
Jane – known for her work with ‘Dragons’ Den’ businesses and broadcast interviews as an expert on the UK food and drink industry – began her tea journey after a visit to the Dilmah School of Tea in Sri Lanka having set up the UK Cake Awards five years ago.

She is delighted to have completed her training which involved more than 150 hours of study, 9 exam days and blind cupping sessions with the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.

For more information, images or an interview please contact Jane Milton on 07956329506 or email Jane on or visit the website

Sumayya Usmani

Summers Under the Tamarind Tree by Guild member Sumayya Usmani has won the national award in the Best First Cookbook Category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Cover of Summers Under The Tamarind Tree by Sumayya UsmaniCover of Mountain Berries & Desert Spice by Sumayya Usmani
Sumayya will be in conversation with Joanna Blythman at Waterstone's Edinburgh: West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD, discussing her new book Mountain Berries and Desert Spice, on Tuesday 16 May at 6.15pm. See


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