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Guild Awards Winners 2010

Emma Sturgess (17/06/2010)



Colin Spencer (left) presenting Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with his award
Guild members Colin Spencer (left) and
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

 
On Thursday 17 June 2010 at the Design Museum, London, the Guild of Food Writers announced the winners of their much-coveted annual Awards. Colin Spencer presented the beautiful engraved trophies 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.

Nigel Slater, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Tom Parker Bowles were all recognised as leaders in their field.

Awards winners Tracey MacLeod (left) and Tom Parker Bowles
Awards winners Tracey MacLeod (left) and
Tom Parker Bowles

Hugh’s triple nominations (for the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food for River Cottage: Winter’s On The Way, the New Media of the Year Award for the Landshare project website and the Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year for work published in The Guardian Weekend magazine) bore fruit as Landshare and the Weekend columns won their categories. The Michael Smith Award went to Tom Parker Bowles for his travelogue Full English, which the judges said ‘evinced a deeply felt identification with all areas of food production, from farm to restaurant kitchen, and an equally deep commitment to quality.’ Nigel Slater’s Simple Suppers, loved for its ‘direct, simple advice and uncomplicated partnerships of ingredients’ won the Food Broadcast of the Year Award.

Laura Santtini with her award
Guild member, Laura Santtini with her award

 
There were also prizes for less well-known authors. Laura Santtini’s triumph in the Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book category with Easy Tasty Italian was a lovely moment, while Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra won the Cookery Book of the Year Award for her international baking collection Warm Bread and Honey Cake.

Colin Spencer (left) with Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra and her award
Colin Spencer (left) with Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra
and her award

Alex Renton also won his first Guild Award for Food Journalist of the Year, for work published in The Times and The Observer.

Alex Renton accepting his award
Guild member, Alex Renton accepting his award

 
Those with even more crowded mantelpieces this year include Tracey MacLeod of The Independent, who won the Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award for the second time, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who has co-authored two past winning books.

Colin Spencer, recipient of the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award
Colin Spencer, recipient of the
Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award

 
The crowning glory of the evening came when Guild President, Jane Suthering, surprised one of the Guild’s most renowned members by presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to pioneering journalist and scholar Colin Spencer. He joins the pantheon of recipients who become Guild Life Members, including Mary Berry, Hugo Dunn-Meynell, Marguerite Patten CBE, Katie Stewart, Grace Mulligan and Liz Burn. Last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to the late Egon Ronay, who had presented the Awards.

Guild member, Marguerite Patten being presented with flowers to celebrate her CBE
Guild member, Marguerite Patten being presented with flowers to celebrate her CBE

Guild president, Jane Suthering, commented: ‘What a fantastic party, and a great way to celebrate talent in the industry. Congratulations to all our shorlistees, and especially the winners.’
 
Summary of winners:
Cookery Book of the Year Award
Winner: Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra, Warm Bread and Honey Cake, Pavilion
The other shortlistees were:
Darina Allen, Forgotten Skills of Cooking, Kyle Cathie
Katie Caldesi, The Italian Cookery Course, Kyle Cathie
 
Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing or Broadcasting
Winner: George Miller and Katharine Reeve, The Rough Guide to Food, Rough Guides
The other shortlistees were:
BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours: Food Scares series presented by Simon Parkes
Alex Renton for work published in The Times and The Observer Food Monthly
 
From left to right: Colin Spencer, George Miller and Katharine Reeve
From left to right: Colin Spencer, George Miller and Katharine Reeve

 
Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year
Winner: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall for work published in The Guardian's Weekend magazine
The other shortlistees were:
Shona Crawford Poole for work published in Country Living magazine
Diana Henry for work published in The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine
 
Food Book of the Year Award
Winner: Juliet Harbutt, World Cheese Book, Dorling Kindersley
The other shortlistees were:
Michel Roux Jr, Michel Roux: A Life in the Kitchen, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Valentine Warner, What to Eat Now – More Please, Mitchell Beazley

Guild member Juliet Harbutt receiving her award
Guild member Juliet Harbutt receiving her award

 
Food Broadcast of the Year Award
Winner: BBC One’s Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers presented by Nigel Slater
The other shortlistees were:
BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme: Clink presented by Sheila Dillon
BBC Two’s Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey presented by Rick Stein
 
Food Journalist of the Year Award
Winner: Alex Renton for work published in The Times and The Observer Food Monthly
The other shortlistees were:
Katy Salter for work published in Waitrose Food Illustrated
Bee Wilson for work published in The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine
 
Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book
Winner: Laura Santtini, Easy Tasty Italian, Quadrille
The other shortlistees were:
Pascal Aussignac, Cuisinier Gascon: Meals from a Gascon Chef, Absolute Press
José Pizarro with Vicky Bennison Seasonal Spanish Food, Kyle Cathie
 
Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel
Winner: Michael Booth, Sushi and Beyond: What the Japanese Know About Cooking, Jonathan Cape
The other shortlistees were:
BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme: Iceland presented by Richard Johnson
 
Michael Booth (right) receiving his award from Andrew Brown from the evening's sponsors, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Michael Booth (right) receiving his award from Andrew Brown
representing the evening's sponsors, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

 
Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food
Winner: Tom Parker Bowles,Full English: A Journey Through the British and Their Food, Ebury Press
The other shortlistees were:
Channel 4’s River Cottage: Winter's on the Way presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (produced by Keo Films)
Andrea Leeman, A Taste of Gloucestershire, Redcliffe Press
 
Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating
Winner: Jose van Mil with Christine Archer-Mackenzie, Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy, Kyle Cathie
The other shortlistees were:
Margaret Rayman, Kay Gibbons and Kay Dilley, Healthy Eating: The Prostate Care Cookbook, Kyle Cathie
Phil Vickery, Seriously Good! Gluten-Free Cooking, Kyle Cathie
 
Jose van Mil accepting her award
Jose van Mil accepting her award

 
New Media of the Year Award
The other shortlistees were:
Oliver Thring for work published on The Guardian/Observer Word of Mouth website
 
Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award
Winner: Tracey MacLeod for work published in The Independent Magazine
The other shortlistees were:
Nick Harman for work published on www.foodepedia.co.uk
John Walsh for work published in The Independent Magazine
 
Lifetime Achievement Award
Colin Spencer
 
NOTES
THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARDS PARTY
Colin Spencer, the distinguished ex-president of the Guild and renowned artist, author, journalist and broadcaster, presented the Awards at this year's Guild of Food Writers' Awards. The Guild Awards are the UK's biggest food book, writing and media awards.

Awards host Bill Buckley
Awards host Bill Buckley

 
This year’s ceremony was held on Thursday 17 June in the Design Museum Space on the second floor of the Design Museum building, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. The evening was compered by BBC Radio Leicester’s Bill Buckley.
 
Delicious canapés

A delicious hot and cold canapé menu was specially devised by Blueprint Café’s popular chef and Guild member Jeremy Lee, this year a judge in BBC Two's Great British Menu. Jeremy developed the menu in conjunction with the Guild's events coordinator, Colin Pressdee and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (www.alaskaseafood.org) to showcase wonderful sustainable wild seafood including salmon; black cod; pollock; pacific cod and King crab. The Guild is thrilled that Alaska Seafood was the main sponsor for the Awards for the third year running.
 
Wines provided by Torres
 
To accompany this splendid menu, equally exciting wines produced using traditional Spanish grape varieties were provided by Torres (www.torreswines.com). 
 
THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARDS
The Guild of Food Writers Awards were established in 1996, to be presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in any area in which food writers work and have influence. The awards are the only ones judged entirely by professional food writers, journalists and editors. There are twelve awards; the full list of categories is:
  • The Cookery Book of the Year Award
  • The Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing or Broadcasting
  • The Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year
  • The Food Book of the Year Award
  • The Food Broadcast of the Year Award
  • The Food Journalist of the Year Award
  • The Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book
  • The Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel
  • The Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food
  • The Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating
  • The New Media of the Year Award
  • The Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award
 
THE GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS
The Guild of Food Writers was founded 26 years ago, and is a professional association of food and cookery writers, journalists, broadcasters and editors in the UK and abroad, with a membership numbering over 390. www.gfw.co.uk. Contact: Jonathan Woods, Administrator, The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ, jonathan@gfw.co.uk 020 8659 0422 www.gfw.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter @GuildFoodWriter
 
ALASKA SEAFOOD
Logo for Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
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.
 
TORRES WINES
Logo for Torres Wines
Torres commitment to combating climate change and preserving the environment makes them leaders in the wine industry. For five generations, Torres has been at the forefront of producing quality wines from the heart of Catalonia. The Torres family sees themselves as stewards of the land, working closely with nature, to preserve the tradition of winemaking for future generations.
For more than 20 years, the Torres family has avoided using chemical pesticides and herbicides in its vineyards. The Nerola red and white wines, served at the Awards party, are the first wines Torres have produced in Spain that are scrupulously made using organic farming methods; fruit of a love of nature and the determination to preserve the environment. The rosé served, De Casta Rosado, illustrates the Torres winemaking traditions by celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2010.

 

Author: Emma Sturgess Email: emma-sturgess@hotmail.co.uk



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