Friday, May 04, 2012

STOP PRESS - Guild of Food Writers 2012 Awards Shortlists

As the Guild of Food Writers announces the shortlists for its Annual Awards, there is great speculation about the victors. The Awards, which are the most prestigious in the field of food writing and broadcasting, showcase the very best of the industry and are fiercely competed for. So can Hugh beat Yotam? Will Peyton nobble Luard? Which book will be named Cookery Book of The Year? The results will be announced on Wednesday 30 May at Fishmongers Hall, London.
Two new categories (Food Blog of the Year and Food Magazine or Section of the Year) and the introduction of a £500 prize for each Award have added a little extra spice to the contest, and record entries have ensured a fabulous diversity of subject matter from chocolate (good) to transfats (not so good).
Established names shortlisted include Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Yotam Ottolenghi, Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo, and Oliver Peyton. Online talent hoping for an Award include Niamh Shields of and Kerstin Rodgers (aka MsMarmitelover), and little-known gems including website The Foodie Bugle and baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou are also celebrated on the shortlists.
The Guild is delighted to have the awards presented this year by one of its most revered members, the multi award-winning food writer Claudia Roden.

Shortlist Summary:
Cookery Book of the Year Award
Bocca by Jacob Kennedy (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Couture Chocolate by William Curley (Jacqui Small)
Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard (Fourth Estate)
Veggiestan by Sally Butcher (Pavilion)
Food Blog of the Year Award
Sponsored by
Sacla’Eat Like a Girl ( by Niamh Shields
The English Can Cook ( by Kerstin Rodgers
Poires au Chocolat ( by Emma Gardner
Food Book of the Year AwardFood Britannia by Andrew Webb (Random House)
Scottish Seafood by Catherine Brown (Birlinn)
Street Food Revolution by Richard Johnson (Kyle Cathie)
Food Journalist of the Year Award Sponsored by SchwartzTim Hayward for work published in Observer Food Monthly and the Financial Times
Christopher Hirst for work published in The Independent and The Independent on Sunday
Tom Parker Bowles for work published in Live magazine in the Mail on Sunday

Food Magazine or Section of the Year Award Sponsored by Tenderstem®Fire & Knives, edited by Tim Hayward
Food and Travel, edited by Alex Mead
The Jellied Eel, edited by Ben Reynolds

Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book
Bryn’s Kitchen by Bryn Williams (Kyle Books)
Good Things To Eat by Lucas Hollweg (Collins)
How To Make Bread by Emmanuel Hadjiandreou (Ryland Peters & Small)

Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and TravelIn at the Deep End: Cooking Fish Venice to Tokyo by Jake Tilson (Quadrille)
Jerusalem on a Plate presented by Yotam Ottolenghi (Keo Films for BBC Four)
Two Greedy Italians presented by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo (Fresh One for BBC Two)

Michael Smith Award for Work on British FoodA Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse by Elisabeth Luard (Bloomsbury)
Peyton and Byrne British Baking by Oliver Peyton (Square Peg)
Work published in the Birmingham Post by Richard McComb

Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy EatingThe Food Programme: The Calorie presented by Sheila Dillon (BBC Radio 4)
The Food Programme: Transfats presented by Sheila Dillon (BBC Radio 4)
The Skinny French Kitchen by Harry Eastwood (Bantam Press)

New Media of the Year and Time Out: Things To Do: London (iPhone App)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Worth noting that one of the nominees for Cookbook of the year is Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard, which has already won Food book of the year at the Andre Simon Awards - winning one, and making the shortlist for the other, is a huge achievement for any food writer, even an established name like Dan. And of course, he has family ties to NZ.