– Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards Winners Announced –
Foodie royalty was out in force for the sixth annual Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink awards hosted by Claudia Winkleman. The highlight of the food and drink calendar, the prestigious awards celebrate the very best writers, publishers, presenters, image-makers and personalities working in the industry today.
Winners are selected by an expert panel of judges which this year included Dan Keeling, Diana Henry, Henry Jeffreys, José Pizarro, Marina O’Loughlin, and Pete Brown, chaired by Fortnum & Mason CEO, Ewan Venters. To be eligible to win, work must have been published or broadcast during 2017.
Cookery Book went to chef Stephen Harris, for his book The Sportsman, which tells the story of his life and how he came to start the Michelin-starred Kent pub by the same name. Samin Nosrat collected the Debut Food Book for Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat which unmasks the four elements of cooking with a buoyant approach to kitchen science.
Celebrating food and drink in pictures, the Photographer award was snapped up by Hugh Johnson for work including images on the Kricket restaurant menu and book by Will Bowlby.
Restaurant Writer went to Jay Rayner for work in The Observer Magazine and regular winner, Bee Wilson, won Food Writer for her work in The Guardian and Observer Food Monthly.
Nadiya Hussain, who rose to fame after winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, walked off with not only the Programme award for Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, but also the Personality of the Year – the only category voted for by the public.
Fortnum & Mason CEO, Ewan Venters, said: “This year’s winners exhibit exceptional skill and knowledge and represent a sensational breadth of work that we’re delighted to encourage and celebrate at the Awards.”
2018 WINNERS AND SHORTLISTEES:
WINNER: The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories & 100 essential recipes for midwinter by Nigel Slater (4th Estate)
SHORTLIST: Gastrophysics by Professor Charles Spence (Penguin Random House)
SHORTLIST: The Meaning of Rice by Michael Booth (Jonathan Cape, Vintage)
WINNER: The Sportsman by Stephen Harris (Phaidon Press)
SHORTLIST: Acquacotta by Emiko Davies (Hardie Grant Publishers)
SHORTLIST: Prime by Richard H. Turner (Mitchell Beazley)
SHORTLIST: Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh (Ebury Press, Penguin Random House)
DEBUT FOOD BOOK
WINNER: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat (Canongate)
SHORTLIST: Lisboeta by Nuno Mendes (Bloomsbury Publishing)
SHORTLIST: On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox (Phaidon Press)
SHORTLIST: The Little Library Cookbook by Kate Young (Head of Zeus)
WINNER: The Wine Dine Dictionary by Victoria Moore (Granta Books)
SHORTLIST: The Way of Whisky by Dave Broom (Mitchell Beazley)
SHORTLIST: 20th Century Pub by Jessica Boak & Ray Bailey (Homewood Press)
DEBUT DRINK BOOK
WINNER: Bursting Bubbles by Robert Walters (Quiller Publishing)
SHORTLIST: A Short History of Drunkenness by Mark Forsyth (Penguin Random House)
SHORTLIST: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker (Allen & Unwin UK)
WINNER: Bee Wilson, The Guardian and Observer Food Monthly
SHORTLIST: Felicity Cloake, New Statesman
SHORTLIST: Tony Naylor, BBC Good Food
WINNER: Meera Sodha, The Guardian Weekend magazine
SHORTLIST: Felicity Cloake, G2 The Guardian
SHORTLIST: Jack Monroe, cookingonabootstrap.com
WINNER: Nina Caplan: New Statesman
SHORTLIST: Will Hawkes, The Guardian / FT Weekend
SHORTLIST: Zeren Wilson: CODE Quarterly / Christie’s International Real Estate magazine
WINNER: Jay Rayner, The Observer Magazine
SHORTLIST: Keith Miller, The Sunday Telegraph
SHORTLIST: Tim Hayward, FT Weekend magazine
WINNER: Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, BBC Studios, Unscripted Productions
SHORTLIST: Rick Stein’s Road to Mexico, Denham Productions
RADIO OR PODCAST
WINNER: Turmeric, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4
SHORTLIST: Let’s Eat … Sunday Lunch: The Guardian podcast
WINNER: Hugh Johnson
SHORTLIST: Patricia Niven
SHORTLIST: Steve Ryan
The Judging Panel reviews only the selection of images included with each entry, and not the whole body of online work. On this basis, it was agreed that no Award would be made in the Social Photographer category this year
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR – voted for by the public
WINNER: NADIYA HUSSAIN
FORTNUM’S SPECIAL AWARD
WINNER: Ruth Rogers
About Fortnum & Mason:
A fixture in Piccadilly since 1707, Fortnum & Mason remains an essential London destination for anyone in search of extraordinary food, glorious gifts and unforgettable experiences. From the food halls and confectionery counters at street level, to the beautiful fragrance, beauty and fashion floor, expertly-curated gentlemen’s department, and refined Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon above, Fortnum’s is committed to making the everyday special for each customer, whether they’re shopping in-store or from around the world at the award-winning fortnumandmason.com. Renowned for its famous teas, scotch eggs, handmade chocolates and iconic wicker hampers – each of which play a large part in Fortnum’s centuries of history – the iconic brand remains committed to imagination and discovery too. From new stores at home and abroad, to delicious innovations like Fortnum’s Champagne Pops and adventure-ready Hamperlings, Fortnum’s mission – as it has been since 1707 – remains to deliver a sense of pleasure to every customer.