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Members' News – December 2017

Orlando Murrin (20/12/2017)

André Simon Awards 2017

Guild member Michael Booth has been shortlisted for the Food Book Award at the André Simon Awards 2017 for The Meaning of Rice: And Other Tales from the Belly of Japan.

Cover of The Meaning of Rice by Michael Booth

The André Simon Food & Drink Book Award Trustees include Guild members Nicholas Lander (Chair) and Sarah Jane Evans MW and Guild President Xanthe Clay.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Goring Hotel in London on Monday 12 February.

New purpose-built food photography/film studio

Guild member Stefan Gates and food photographer Georgia Glynn Smith have just launched N5 Studios - a gorgeous, purpose-built daylight studio and location for food shoots. The main kitchen is huge, flooded with light and it has a full-spec prep kitchen in the rear, props storage with independent access, as well as client areas. And it’s in N5. That’s London N5. Four ovens, three fridges, two freezers and fully re-dressable shelving. Please take a look at

Photograph of N5 StudiosPhotograph of N5 Studios

If you’re interested in hiring it, please contact or

Pakistan: Baltistan Food Tour

Guild member Sumayya Usmani is hosting an exciting culinary tour to Baltistan (North Pakistan) and Hunza next September with Wild Frontiers.

Photograph of Sumayya Usmani
Photograph of Sumayya Usmani's food

Rich in tradition and full of diversity, Pakistani food can boast a variety of flavours every bit as subtle and varied as that of its world-renowned culinary neighbour. A fusion of tastes and elements that range from the rivers of the Punjab, to the rugged mountains of the North West Frontier, Pakistani cuisine blends some of the finer elements of Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and Indian techniques to create a taste and flavour all of its own. Accompanied by internationally published food writer, author and cookery expert, Sumayya Usmani, this unique culinary adventure takes us through the heart of the Karakoram Mountains and deep into the timeless landscapes of the Hunza Valley.

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