Members of the Guild of Food Writers have a duty at all times to:
- Strive to achieve the highest professional standards in their work, and to be polite, fair and honest in all dealings with colleagues and clients.
- Refrain from any behaviour which would discredit the Guild or any member thereof.
- Respect the implications of copyright infringement and plagiarism, and not knowingly use for financial or professional advantage any recipe or other intellectual property belonging to another without appropriate acknowledgement.
- Be especially aware of the detailed ethics of recipe acknowledgement, regardless of whether publishing, demonstrating or teaching, and to make clear to editors that such acknowledgement is mandatory.
- Endeavour to ensure that any recipe published under their name has been thoroughly tested and, within reason, will work as written.
- Endeavour to ensure that any work published in their name is fair and accurate, and that comment and conjecture are not presented as established fact.
- Not publish, or knowingly permit to be published on their behalf, advertising or promotional material that contains false or misleading statements.
- Deliver work on time, or provide fair warning of unavoidable delay, recognising that if a deadline is missed, it is not only their work that may be affected, but also the work and schedules of others involved.
- Be familiar with fundamental food safety regulations, and adhere to them if involved in demonstrating, teaching or catering.