Guild of Food Writers Awards 2016

The Guild of Food Writers has announced the shortlists for its annual Awards, the most prestigious in food writing and broadcasting. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 22 June at a ceremony at Opera Holland Park in London. They will be presented with a beautifully engraved glass trophy and a prize of £500.

The shortlists highlight emerging talent as well as featuring some of our best-known food writers and broadcasters, including Lindsey Bareham, Joanna Blythman, Felicity Cloake, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Rick Stein and Bee Wilson. The Guild of Food Writers Awards celebrate the breadth of knowledge and expertise at work in a thriving creative field.

This year’s Awards sponsors are Scotch Beef PGI (main sponsor of the Awards); Aspall(sponsor of the British Food Award); Encona (sponsor of the Food Blog Award);Gold Top (sponsor of the Cookery Writing Award); hillfarm oils (sponsor of the Cookery Book Award); Lakeland (sponsor of the Food Book Award);SuperFast Thermapen® (sponsor of the Food Writing Award); Tebay Services andGloucester Services (sponsor of the Food and Travel Award); Tenderstem® (sponsor of the Food Magazine or Section Award); and Virginia Wine (sponsor of the First Book Award).

Places are now on sale for the Awards event, so if you would like to book please contact Jonathan Woods by emailing or by telephone on 020 8659 0422. Places cost £25 for members of the Guild and £50 for guests. Payment can be made using online banking or cheques, which should be made payable to the Guild of Food Writers and sent to Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.

The Guild of Food Writers 2016 Awards Shortlists:

British Food Award
(Sponsored by 
Presented in memory of Michael Smith

Lindsey Bareham for work published in The Times

Felicity Cloake for work published in The Guardian and New Statesman

Venison: The Game Larder by Jose Souto (Merlin Unwin Books)


Campaigning and Investigative Food Work Award
Presented in memory of Derek Cooper

Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry’s Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman (Fourth Estate)

The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat by Tim Spector (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Andrew Wasley, Fiona Harvey, Maggie O’Kane and Mary Carson for work published in The Guardian


Cookery Book Award
(Sponsored by 
hillfarm oils)

River Cottage Love Your Leftovers by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury Publishing)

A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones (Fourth Estate)

Honey & Co: The Baking Book by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich (Saltyard Books)

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul by Rick Stein (BBC Books)


Cookery Writing Award
(Sponsored by 
Gold Top)
Presented in memory of Evelyn Rose

Felicity Cloake for work published in The Guardian

Stephen Harris for work published in The Telegraph, Weekend section

Jojo Tulloh for work published in The Financial Times and Gardens Illustrated


First Book Award
(Sponsored by 
Virginia Wine)
Presented in memory of Jeremy Round

Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine & beyond by Olia Hercules (Mitchell Beazley)

Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome by Rachel Roddy (Saltyard Books)

Sesame and Spice: Baking from the East End to the Middle East by Anne Shooter (Headline)


Food and Travel Award
(Sponsored by 
Tebay Services and Gloucester Services)
Presented in memory of Kate Whiteman

Spuntino: Comfort Food (New York Style) by Russell Norman (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Food Programme: My Food Hero: Dan Saladino meets Mary Taylor-Simeti and Libera Terra: Sicily's Anti-Mafia Farms presented and produced by Dan Saladino (BBC Radio 4)

The Groundnut Cookbook by Duval Timothy, Folayemi Brown, Jacob Fodio Todd (Michael Joseph)


Food Blog Award
(Sponsored by 

Nutmegs, Seven ( by Elly McCausland

Rocket and Squash ( by Ed Smith

East Coast Avocet ( by Mike Warner


Food Book Award
(Sponsored by 

Game: River Cottage Handbook No.15 by Tim Maddams (Bloomsbury Publishing)

The Book of Pears: The Definitive History and Guide to over 500 varieties by Joan Morgan (Ebury Press)

First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson (Fourth Estate)


Food Broadcast Award

Hugh’s War on Waste presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, executive producer Will Anderson (KEO Films for BBC ONE)

Food Programme: Food Stories from Syria presented by Dan Saladino and produced by Anne-Marie Bullock (BBC Radio 4)

Food Programme: The Grain Divide presented by Dan Saladino and produced by Rich Ward (BBC Radio 4)


Food Magazine or Section Award
(Sponsored by 

delicious. magazine (Eye to Eye Media Ltd)

The Guardian: Weekend magazine food section

Market Life magazine (LSC Publishing)


Food Writing Award
(Sponsored by 
SuperFast Thermapen®)

Felicity Cloake for work published in the New Statesman

Gillian Riley for work published in the Hackney Citizen

Bee Wilson for work published in The Times Literary Supplement, The Happy Reader, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine (Stella), Intelligent Life, The Observer


Inspiration Award

Tim Baker

Jo Ingleby

Carmel McConnell MBE

Tristram Stuart 



Guild president Xanthe Clay will be the presenter at this year's Guild of Food Writers Awards, the UK's biggest food book, writing and media awards.

The 2016 Awards party will be on Wednesday 22 June at Opera Holland Park.

Registration will start at 6.00pm and guests will be welcomed with canapés and sparkling wine from Virginia Wine and non-alcoholic shrubs, the new range of drinking vinegars from Aspall. The Awards ceremony will take place in the Theatre at 7.15pm, compered by broadcaster, writer and Guild member Bill Buckley. The ceremony will be followed by drinks, including a selection of Lebanese wines from Domaine des Tourelles, and canapés and more substantial food showcasing Scotch Beef PGI provided by our main sponsors Scotch Beef PGI and ingredients from some of our category sponsors Aspall cyder and vinegar, Encona sauces, Gold Top milk, hillfarm oils and Tenderstem®. The food this year will be produced by Jane Baxter and her team at Wild Artichokes.

The evening will end at 10pm and guests will be given a goody bag that will include gifts from many of our sponsors.

Opera Holland Park is a semi-permanent building in the centre of Holland Park, with some outdoor and partially covered areas. For the comfort of our guests we recommend that you dress appropriately for an evening outdoors in the British summertime. There is no official cloakroom at the venue, but we will happily look after guests' luggage during the event.

The venue is surrounded by a multitude of transport options. Please be aware that Holland Park tube station is closed during the summer of 2016. The nearest tube station is High Street Kensington (Circle and District Line) and directions are set out on the Opera Holland Park website at

Places are now on sale, so if you would like to book please contact Jonathan Woods as soon as possible by emailing or by telephone on 020 8659 0422. Places cost £25 for members of the Guild and £50 for guests. Payment can be made using online banking or cheques, which should be made payable to the Guild of Food Writers and sent to Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.




Scotch Beef PGI
(Main sponsor of the Awards)

Logo for Scotch Beef“Scotch Beef PGI is delighted to be supporting the Guild of Food Writers awards event.

Scotch Beef PGI, which has earned a global reputation for taste and quality, is sourced from Scottish farms which must adopt best practice regarding animal welfare and production methods. Farms and processors are independently audited and Scotch Beef PGI is fully traceable back to farms of origin.

Family farming remains at the heart of sheep and cattle production in Scotland and sustains rural communities throughout the country. Livestock production also plays an important part in the biodiversity of upland habitats and the focus is on beef breeds farmed to produce beef, rather than milk.

Scotland’s livestock production systems are based on free-ranging animals grazing at low stocking densities. Permanent grass and rough grazing account for 71% of Scottish agricultural area – this is largely unsuitable for vegetable or cereal production but ideal for cattle and sheep grazing.

Scotch Beef PGI and Scotch Lamb PGI were also among the first European red meat products to be granted the coveted PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status in recognition of their quality standards and unique regional taste.”

You can find out more about Scotch Beef PGI at; on Twitter: @scotchkitchen and @qmscotland; on Facebook: scotchkitchen.

(Sponsor of the British Food Award)

Logo for Aspall“Our family cyder-making business was established in 1728 by Clement Chevallier from Jersey. He planted the orchards at Aspall Hall in Suffolk and imported a granite wheel from the Isles de Chaussée off the Normandy coast to crush the apples.

The Chevallier family still live and work among Clement’s orchards and today Aspall is run by the eighth generation of the family, Barry and Henry Chevallier Guild. Aspall is the tenth oldest family businesses in the UK.

Generations of Chevalliers used Clement’s method of pressing until 1947, when the last horse pulling the wheel around the trough passed away. Although our production has moved with the times, our cyder is still pressed, fermented and blended and bottled on site in Suffolk to the same exacting standards set by Clement nearly 300 years ago.

Today our very British world-class cyders, cyder vinegars and apple juice enjoy increasingly global acclaim for quality and excellence.

We’re delighted to support the Guild of Food Writers British Food Award.”

You can find out more about Aspall at; on Twitter: @aspall; on Facebook: AspallUK; on Instagram: @aspalluk.

(Sponsor of the Food Blog Award)

Logo for Encona“Banish the Bland with the UK's number one hot pepper sauce brand!

Encona is proud to be sponsoring this award for the second year running. The UK's number one hot pepper sauce brand has expanded and now has over 20 delicious sauces to enjoy with family and friends. Alongside the West Indian Original Hot Pepper Sauce, you can enjoy a variety of authentic flavours from across the globe, which now also includes Peruvian Amarillo Chilli and Mexican Smokey Jalapeno Sauce. Ranging from mild to extra hot, there's something for everyone.

Encona sauces are wonderfully versatile. Great as a dipping sauce, a marinade, a cooking ingredient or as a delicious, everyday table sauce for all your favourite foods! Drizzle on to stir-fries, rice dishes, dips and salad dressings. Brush onto food during grilling or barbecuing, and stir into soups and stews.

Try the flavours and Banish the Bland!”

For more info about the Encona range, visit Twitter @EnconaOfficial. Facebook: Encona Sauces.

Gold Top
(Sponsor of the Cookery Writing Award)

Logo for Gold Top“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. Sponsoring several shows throughout the year, such as The Dairy Event, Royal Cornwall, The Great Yorkshire Show amongst others and regionalised smaller We are looking into doing food shows over the next 18 months by undertaking joint ventures with Grahams Dairy our current licence holder. We are also sponsoring The Jersey Society World Tour in 2016, which will tour around the UK and Ireland.”

hillfarm oils
(Sponsor of the Cookery Book Award)

Logo for hillfarm oils

“hillfarm oils produce a delicious premium extra virgin oil made from British rapeseed grown and pressed on their farm in Suffolk. 

hillfarm oil has been grown, pressed and bottled on Sam and Clare Fairs’s farm since 2004. People are now hooked on its nutty flavour, versatility in the kitchen as well as its nutritional benefits. Fans include Mark Hix, who says ‘I'm still a big fan of the Hillfarm Oil as its flavour has an appealing freshness and, of course, that fantastically bright yellow colour, so evocative of the fields of rape flowers that we see in the British countryside each summer.’

Farming in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive way is extremely important to hillfarm. Great care is taken to encourage the diversity of flora and fauna on the farm and to work with nature to improve the population of beneficial insects. We love our bees so take great care not to harm them in any way and have just launched a hillfarm honey produced in bee hives on the farm. Another example of this is the solar panels on our barn roof, which produce all the energy needed to drive the presses that produce the oil and some spare to put into the National Grid.

As well as the oil, hillfarm produce mayonnaise which won the ultimate three gold stars in the 2015 Great Taste Awards, and garlic mayonnaise. hillfarm’s rehydrating hand-wash and revitalising hand-cream make the most of rapeseed oil’s high Omega 3, 6 and Vitamin E content to soothe and moisturise your hands.

Sam and Clare Fairs say ‘We’re delighted to support the Guild of Food Writers Awards for the second time this year and excited to be part of this great celebration of food writing.’”

You can find out more about hillfarm oils at; on Twitter: @hillfarmoils.

(Sponsor of the Food Book Award)

Logo for Lakeland

“Lakeland, the home of creative kitchenware 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 69 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 famous satisfaction guarantee!”

For more information, visit; on Twitter: @LakelandUK; on Facebook:; on Instagram: @lakelanduk; on Pinterest: lakelanduk; on YouTube: LakelandTV.

SuperFast Thermapen®
(Sponsor of the Food Writing Award)

Logo for SuperFast Thermapen

“A favourite kitchen essential of many celebrity chefs and professional cooks, the SuperFast Thermapen® is made in Britain by ETI Ltd, the UK’s leader in the manufacture and design of electronic thermometers and temperature probes and recipients of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in both 2012 and 2014.

The Thermapen gives an accurate temperature reading in just three seconds. Stylish and easy to use and available in a range of stunning colours, it’s 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 – New for 2016, includes 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.”

You can find out more about Thermapen 4 at; on Twitter: @thermapen_; on Facebook: SuperFast Thermapen Thermometer.

Tebay Services and Gloucester Services
(Sponsor of the Food and Travel Award)

Logo for Tebay Services“The Westmorland story began in 1972 when the Dunnings, local farmers, set up Tebay Services after the M6 cut through their farm. It was the first family-run motorway service station on the UK road network. Forty years on the business is still family owned, still farming and still with a fierce passion for, and a pride in, the landscape, people, environment and its products. Gloucester Services Northbound opened in May 2014 with the Southbound services completed a year later.

In essence, Tebay Services and Gloucester Services are food businesses, with quality, locally-sourced food at the very heart of the enterprise. Tebay Services and Gloucester Services are a refreshingly different breed of motorway services – no chains, no franchises, no fast food on the forecourt. Instead, Logo for Gloucester Servicesfarm shops stocked with locally produced food, a butchery featuring local meat, kitchens (cafés) serving homemade dishes created from locally-sourced produce every day. Gloucester Services works with over 130 local suppliers within 30 miles of the services and 70 producers from across the South West. Tebay Services works with a similar number of suppliers in addition to using lamb and beef from the Dunning family farm in the fells surrounding the services.

Proper food matters, so we serve it where you least expect it, on the motorway.”

You can find out more about Tebay Services at and Gloucester Services at; on Twitter @tebayservices and @glouc_services.

(Sponsor of the Food Magazine or Section Award)

Logo for Tenderstem“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. 

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, unlike ordinary broccoli, which tends to have a thicker, and sometimes woody, stem, so there’s no waste.

A study by Warwick University’s Horticultural Research Institute has shown Tenderstem® contains twice the amount of vitamin C as the equivalent weight of fresh oranges and has a higher concentration of vitamin C than both cauliflower and cabbage. It also contains one of the highest levels of folic acid compared to other members of the brassica family. The study also revealed Tenderstem® is 25-30% more tender than purple sprouting broccoli and the most tender variety of broccoli on the market, meaning it requires less cooking than any other form of broccoli, which means it retains a higher proportion of nutrients when cooked.

The Tenderstem® Team is very proud to support the Guild and sponsor its Food Magazine or Section Award for the fifth year.”

You can find out more about Tenderstem® at; on Twitter: @tenderstem; on Facebook:; on Pinterest:; on

Virginia Wine
(Sponsor of the First Book Award)

Logo for Virginia Wine“‘Recently, when I’m asked if I’ve discovered any new world-class vineyard regions, I’m quite likely to say yes, one of the oldest in America – Virginia’ (Oz Clarke, 250 Best Wines Wine Buying Guide 2012).

Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Bordeaux-style blends are proving to be the strengths of the Virginia wine region. Over the past 30 years the number of wineries in Virginia has grown from just a handful to more than 220. These wineries are located on the East Coast of the US in stunning locations near the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, the verdant Shenandoah Valley, and along the edge of the sparkling Chesapeake Bay.

Through hard work, knowledge and skills of home-grown talent, augmented by winemakers from around the world, elegant, food-friendly wines are being produced that have captured the attention of UK wine lovers.”

You can find out more about Virginia Wine at

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