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The Guild of Food Writers Nomination for Phil

2010 Awards Ceremony Thursday 17th June

 

Today Phil Vickery received a nomination for the The Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy EatingThe Guild of Food Writers Logo Award from the Guild of Food Writers at their 2010 Awards Ceremony

 

The Guild of Food Writers Awards, established in 1996 and presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in any area in which food writers work and have influence. The awards remain the only awards judged entirely by professional food writers, journalists and editors.

 

There are twelve awards; the full list of categories is:

 

 


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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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 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:

 

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

 

 

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

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

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
Tom Kevill-Davies, The Hungry Cyclist: Pedalling the Americas in Search of the Perfect Meal, HarperCollins

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

New Media of the Year Award
Winner: www.landshare.net
The other shortlistees were:
www.timeout.com/london/restaurants
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

 

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