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Awards 2009 – Awards Ceremony

Jonathan Woods (25/06/2009)

Now in their 14th year, the Awards are a major event in the calendar of the Guild of Food Writers. The Guild continues to strive to further excellence in food writing and is seen by many as a leading champion of all that is great about food in this country. Small wonder that the number of entries for most categories of Award rises year on year – with 2009 being a bumper year.

The Guild of Food Writers Awards the Best

On 25 June 2009 in The Great Hall, Lincoln's Inn, London the Guild of Food Writers announced the winners of their much coveted Annual Awards. The country's most famous food critic, the legendary Egon Ronay (pictured above), presented the Awards on behalf of the Guild, to some of the industry’s finest writers and broadcasters. Amongst the 12 winners there were some familiar names and some new ones to add to the roll of honour.



Leading the way were Guy Watson and Jane Baxter (pictured above), whose Riverford Farm Cook Book won two awards, the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food and the Jeremy Round Award for the Best First Book. Applauded by the judges for its 'honesty and integrity of vision, purpose and execution'; they welcomed its 'clean, appetising approach to recipe writing'.



Two of the country's most well known figures were recognised with Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver winning Awards.
Heston Blumenthal (pictured above accepting his Award from Egon Ronay) was presented with the Food Book of the Year Award for The Big Fat Duck Cookbook; the judges were 'impressed by the quality of the writing and the scope of the book: the concept, the historical perspective, the detailed recording of research and experiments, the keen intelligence that makes it so compelling and personal.'



Jamie Oliver's campaigning Jamie's Ministry of Food television series and Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte's book The Future Control of Food were the joint winners of the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing. This was an unprecedented double for Geoff (pictured above accepting his Award from Egon Ronay), who last year won the other Derek Cooper Award (for best food campaigner/educator) at the BBC's Food and Farming Awards.

In the Awards league table, Diana Henry won her second Guild Award; Fuchsia Dunlop, Mark Hix and Bee Wilson all won their third; and BBC Radio Four's The Food Programme won its sixth.

The crowning glory of the evening came when Guild President, Jane Suthering, surprised two of the Guild's most renowned members when she presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to pioneering restaurant reviewer Egon Ronay and celebrated cookery writer Mary Berry (pictured right with her Award), who join the pantheon of the Guild's Life Members with Hugo Dunn-Meynell, Marguerite Patten, Katie Stewart, Grace Mulligan and Liz Burn.

Guild president, Jane Suthering, commented on the evening: ‘The Awards ceremony is a highlight of the Guild year and last night was no exception. What a fantastic evening! Congratulations to all those who made the shortlist and especially to the winners.’

Winners:
Food Book of the Year
Winner: Heston Blumenthal, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (Bloomsbury)

The other shortlistees were:
Christine McFadden, Pepper: The Spice That Changed The World (Absolute Press)
Christopher Stocks, Forgotten Fruits: A Guide to Britain's Traditional Fruit and Vegetables (Random House)
Bee Wilson, Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee - The Dark History of the Food Cheats (John Murray)

Cookery Book of the Year
Winner: Mark Hix, British Seasonal Food (Quadrille)


The other shortlistees were:
Xanthe Clay, Recipes To Know By Heart (Mitchell Beazley)
Simon Daley and Roshan Hirani, Cooking with my Indian mother-in-law (Pavilion)

Mark Hix, who won the Cookery Book of the Year Award

The Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel
Winner: Fuchsia Dunlop, Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper (Ebury)

The other shortlistees were:
Stefan Gates, In The Danger Zone (Ebury) and BBC Four's Cooking in the Danger Zone
Kevin Gould for With Love From ... features published in Waitrose Food Illustrated

From left to right: Kate Whiteman's widower Peter Whiteman, Fuchsia Dunlop with her Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel and Kate's daughter Victoria Whiteman
 
The Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food
Winner: Guy Watson and Jane Baxter, Riverford Farm Cook Book (Fourth Estate)

The other shortlistees were:
BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme: Food and Farming Awards
Mark Hix for Mark’s Kitchen articles published in Country Life magazine
Clarissa Hyman for articles published in Country Living magazine

The Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing
Winners: Channel Four's Jamie's Ministry of Food (Fresh One Productions) and Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte, The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security (Earthscan)

The other shortlistee was:
BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme: The Rice Crisis

The Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating
Winner: BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme: Nutritionism

The other shortlistees were:
Charlie Ayers, Eat Yourself Smart (Dorling Kindersley)
Angela Nilsen for articles published in BBC Good Food magazine


Sheila Dillon accepting the Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating on behalf of The Food Programme

The Jeremy Round Award for the Best First Book
Winner: Guy Watson and Jane Baxter, Riverford Farm Cook Book (Fourth Estate)

The other shortlistees were:
Anthony Demetre, Today's Special (Quadrille)
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook (Ebury)

The Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year
Winner: Diana Henry for articles published in the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine

The other shortlistees were:
Annie Bell for articles published in Waitrose Food Illustrated
Elisabeth Luard for articles published in Country Living magazine


Diana Henry accepting the Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year

Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award
Winner: Emma Sturgess for reviews published in
Metro

The other shortlistees were:
Jay Rayner for reviews published in The Observer magazine
John Walsh for reviews published in The Independent magazine

 

















 









Emma Sturgess with her Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award 

The Food Journalist of the Year Award
Bee Wilson for articles published in the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine

The other shortlistee was:
Katy Salter for articles published in Waitrose Food Illustrated

 
Bee Wilson accepting the Food Journalist of the Year Award from Egon Ronay

New Media Award
Winner: Tim Hayward for his blog on The Guardian and The Observer's Word of Mouth
www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth

The other shortlistees were:
Helen Yuet Ling Pang for the World Foodie Guide
www.worldfoodieguide.com
Elisabeth Winkler for Real Food Lover
realfoodlover.wordpress.com/





























Tim Hayward accepting the New Media Award with Awards compere Bill Buckley in the background
 
The Food Broadcast of the Year Award
Winner: BBC Radio 4's You and Yours: Lunch

The other shortlistees were:
BBC1's Gastronuts (Objective Productions)
BBC2's The Supersizers Go ... ( Silver River Productions)

Simon Parkes accepting the Food Broadcast of the Year Award from Egon Ronay


Lifetime Achievement Awards
Mary Berry
Egon Ronay
 
Photographer: Vanessa Courtier

THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARDS PARTY
The country's most famous food critic, the legendary Egon Ronay, presented the Awards at this year's Guild of Food Writers' Awards, the UK 's biggest food book, writing and media awards.
This year’s Guild of Food Writers’ Awards ceremony was held on Thursday 25 June in The Great Hall, Lincoln 's Inn, London WC2A 3TL. The magnificent Great Hall - the largest of all the halls in the Inns of Court - was opened in 1845 by Queen Victoria and is where, four times a year, students of Lincoln's Inn are 'called to the bar', when they become barristers.
The evening was compered by LBC's Bill Buckley.
Over the last few years, the Awards has grown in scale and importance and now has 12 categories. This year's stunning venue was the biggest yet and hosted a ceremony that had extra significance in the Guild's 25th anniversary year.
The delicious hot and cold canapé menu was specially devised by Executive Chef Allan Rogers and Gary Robinson Head Chef of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in conjunction with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (www.alaskaseafood.org) to showcase wonderful sustainable wild seafood including black cod, Pacific cod, crab, Wild Alaska King, Sockeye and Coho salmon and pollock. The Guild is delighted that Alaska Seafood has agreed to be the main sponsor for the Awards for the second year running.
Equally exciting wines will be provided by Bonterra Vineyards, 100% organically grown wines from Mendocino County, California (www.bonterra.com).

ALASKA SEAFOOD
For 50 years Alaska has been a world leader in sustainability. In 1959, when the State of Alaska was first established, the constitution mandated that all fish should be maintained sustainably.
All Alaska Seafood is wild, and all of it is sustainable. Each fishery is assessed annually and is given a total catch quota. Once that quota is reached the fishery is closed - to preserve stocks for future generations.
Entire communities have been intimately involved with the harvesting of Alaska 's seafood. Alaskans have always understood that the fishing industry cannot exist without a willingness to help enforce the sustainability practices set out by the State.
www.alaskaseafood.org
 
BONTERRA

Bonterra Vineyards has been growing grapes and making wine organically since 1987, based in Mendocino County, California; it is considered to be one of the benchmark brands for organically grown wines.

 

Author: Jonathan Woods Email: jonathan@gfw.co.uk



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