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Members' News – January 2018

Orlando Murrin (17/01/2018)

First Ever British Charcuterie Awards

‘British charcuterie is showing such dynamic development, I feel the time is right for all producers, artisanal or larger-scale, to have an appropriate public showcase for their diverse ranges,’ says Guild member Henrietta Green. ‘So I have launched Britain’s first ever British Charcuterie Awards. The live, blind judging will take place in the dedicated British Charcuterie Tent, on Thursday 2 August the first day of BBC Countryfile Live 2018, held at Blenheim Palace between Thursday 2 and Sunday 5 August.

Farmers, butchers, meat processors and chefs have been invited to compete in the nine different classes. These range from air-dried & ready-to-eat whole muscle to native and heritage products with a Champion of Champions Product and Champion of Champions Producer selected from the nine classes. Judging will be by leading food, retail and hospitality experts that include Prue Leith and Guild of Food Writers members Xanthe Clay and Felicity Cloake.

For more details please visit or contact Henrietta Green telephone: 020 8969 0866 (home); 07961 300237 (mobile); or email:

Plastic Clever

Photograph of Anna Turns and her daughter Ella

Guild member Anna Turns and her six-year-old daughter Ella (pictured above) are campaigning to make Salcombe, Devon more plastic clever – awarding cafes, pubs, hotels, restaurants with plastic clever awards if they are avoiding single-use plastics like straws, bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups and cutlery. You can see their progress on and it’s part of the national Kids Against Plastic initiative As Anna says ‘It’s amazing how young children are so keen to make a change for the better and help protect our coastlines and marine wildlife – plus the solutions are really quite simple in terms of changing best practice within the food and drink industry.’ Anna would be grateful for any mention or coverage and if anyone would like to interview Anna or Ella about it, please contact Anna (

Cover of Hook, Line, Sinker by Galton BlackistonGourmand World Cookbook Awards

Hook, Line, Sinker by Galton Blackiston has won the national award in the Best Seafood Cookery Book category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The book will now represent the UK at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which will be held in Yantai, one of China’s main wine-producing cities, on 26 and 27 May.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honour the very best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television. Books from 205 countries participate in these prestigious awards, the largest international cookbook competition.

For more information on the Gourmand Awards:

Please do let us know if you are one of this year’s winners. 


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