Commenting on her win, Lauren said, ‘The competition has been inspirational because it made me learn about new flavours and practise my skills in the kitchen. It’s been lots of fun, too.’
For George, it was the first time he had ever entered a competition: ‘It’s been overwhelming but fun at the same time,’ he said.
The winners of the Guild of Food Writers 2014 Awards were announced on Thursday 5 June. The Awards, judged by Guild members, celebrate excellence in the field of food writing and broadcasting.
From left to right: Jake Lea-Wilson and Adam Scott
from the Fish Fight Campaign and television series
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and The Food Programme both did the double, picking up two Awards each. Hugh won the Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist, with Nikki Duffy, for work in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, and the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing for his Fish Fight Campaign and television series.
The Food Programme won both the Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel for an edition on US Southern Cooking and the Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating for an edition on Sugar.
From left to right: Dan Saladino and Richard Johnson
from BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme
Other winners included both the well-known such as Heston Blumenthal and new voices such as James Morton and Mary-Anne Boermans (both graduates of The Great British Bake Off).
The Guild’s top accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Jill Norman, who created the Penguin Cookery Library in the 1960s and 1970s, for her incalculable contribution to culinary publishing.
All photographs by Charlotte Medlictott.
To see the full list of winners please click here.