The Food Oscars!

I went to the “Food Oscars” last night and I’ve got all the gossip and news to share with you. I’ve had plenty of coffee and feel much better now thanks, so here goes some bits I remember:

1. Nigella Lawson popped up to present the Lifetime Achievement award to Anna del Conte. Food writing royalty no less. Nigella did a great speech about how Anna taught the UK everything we know about Italian food and inspired so many writers (Nigella, Jamie…)

2. Great location – Fishmongers Hall overlooking the Thames at London Bridge. We  had drinks on the balcony overlooking the Thames on a balmy evening then went into a huge vaulted hall for the awards.

3. Lovely food of course! Lots of fishy nibbly bits including an incredibly thai-style soup (wow that was tricky to eat standing up) and mini fish and chips wrapped in newspaper.

4. Foodies spotted: Jay Rayner, Matthew Fort, Jo Pratt, Fran Warde, Diana Henry, Yotam Ottolenghi, Josceline Dimbleby, Sylvia Dillon, Mary Berry, Sybil Kapoor. I behaved myself and didn’t rush over to Yotam and rave about meringues. It’s the Guild of Food Writers Awards, so there were hundreds of food writers, journalists, tv presenters, producers, publishers there. What’s the collective noun? A greed of writers, a hotpot? Anyway, great to catch up with old colleagues and meet some new ones.

THE WINNERS!!

Cookery Book of the Year Award

Winner: Caroline and Robin Weir, Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide (published by Grub Street)
The other shortlistees were:
Willie Harcourt-Cooze, Willie’s Chocolate Bible (published by Hodder & Stoughton)
Diana Henry, Food from Plenty (published by Mitchell Beazley)
Yotam Ottolenghi, Plenty (published by Ebury Press)

Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing or Broadcasting
Winner:
BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme: The Fruit Industry presented by Sheila Dillon
The other shortlistees were:
Stefan Gates, Stefan Gates on E Numbers (published by Conran Octopus)
BBC One’s The Great British Waste Menu (produced by Optomen Television)

Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year
Winner:
Mark Hix, for work published in The Independent
The other shortlistees were:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with Debora Robertson, for work published in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine
Diana Henry, for work published in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine

Food Book of the Year Award
Winner:
Mark Diacono, A Taste of the Unexpected (published by Quadrille)
The other shortlistees were:
Patricia Michelson, Cheese (published by Jacqui Small)
Lindy Wildsmith, Cured (published by Jacqui Small)

Food Broadcast of the Year Award
Winner:
BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme: Pop-up London presented by Sheila Dillon and Tim Hayward
The other shortlistees were:
BBC Two’s E Numbers: An Edible Adventure presented by Stefan Gates (produced by Plum Pictures)
BBC One’s The Great British Waste Menu (produced by Optomen Television)

Food Journalist of the Year Award
Winner:
Felicity Cloake, for work published in Fire & Knives and The Guardian
The other shortlistees were:
Tim Hayward, for work published in Fire & Knives and on The Guardian and The Observer’s Word of Mouth blog
Christopher Hirst, for work published in The Independent

Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book
Winner:
Niki Segnit, The Flavour Thesaurus (published by Bloomsbury Publishing)
The other shortlistees were:
Ghillie James, Jam, Jelly & Relish (published by Kyle Cathie)
Stevie Parle, My Kitchen: Real Food From Near and Far (published by Quadrille)

Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel
Winner:
Josceline Dimbleby, Orchards in the Oasis (published by Quadrille)
The other shortlistees were:
Sybil Kapoor, for work published in The Spectator: Scoff, Caterer and Hotelkeeper and House & Garden
Jamie Oliver, Jamie Does … (published by Michael Joseph)

Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food
Winner:
Sybil Kapoor, for work published in Country Life
The other shortlistees were:
Mark Hix, Hix Oyster and Chop House (published by Quadrille)
John Wright, River Cottage Handbook: Hedgerow (published by Bloomsbury Publishing)

Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating
Winner:
Valerie Twomey, Truly Tasty (published by Atrium)
The other shortlistees were:
BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme: Sugar and the Soda Tax presented by Sheila Dillon
BBC Two’s E Numbers: An Edible Adventure presented by Stefan Gates (produced by Plum Pictures)

New Media of the Year Award
Winner:
Felicity Cloake, for work published on The Guardian and The Observer’s Word of Mouth blog
The other shortlistees were:
Katy Salter, for work published on www.pinchofsaltlondon.com
Oliver Thring, for work published on The Guardian and The Observer’s Word of Mouth blog

Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award
Winner:
Marina O’Loughlin, for work published in Metro and Fire & Knives
The other shortlistees were:
Richard McComb, for work published in The Birmingham Post
Matthew Norman, for work published in The Daily Telegraph

Lifetime Achievement Award
Anna del Conte

Roving Reporter over and out…

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Food writer for The Herts Advertiser.
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One Response to The Food Oscars!

  1. I’m sitting here eating my goodie bag chocolate and it reminded me that there was a goody bag! Contents as follows:

    1. Beans Esmerelda’s Milk with Fleur de Sel – this is fab!! Apparently you can taste the “richness of the soil, the shade of the neighbouring trees, and diversity of wildlife” wowee
    2. Paddy & Scott’s After Dinner coffee (or in the morning if needed)
    3. Munchy Seeds (ideal for train journey late at night)
    4. Serious Pig Snacking Salami – posh Pepperami.
    5. Bottle of Good Oil.
    6. Cabernet Sav wine vinegar – NOT to be tried on the train.
    7. Pinks Organic green chelli (chilli and lime jelly)
    8. Marmalade from The Berkeley Hotel (made in France weirdly).

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