Debut Food and Drink Books are new categories and won by Ukrainian cookery-writer Olia Hercules for Mamushaka and Wild Cocktails From The Midnight Apothecary by Lottie Muir respectively.The Judges’ Choice, made at the judges’ discretion to either someone, a piece of work or a campaign thought to have made an outstanding contribution towards widening the understanding and enjoyment of good food and drink, was presented to Patrick Holden CBE, Founding Director of the Sustainable Food Trust which works internationally to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems.
Bee Wilson won both the Food Writer and Food Book awards. Her book, ‘First Bite’, reveals how our food habits are shaped by a host of factors; family and culture, memory and gender, hunger and love. TV Programme went to Channel 4’s ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’. One third of the food we produce never gets eaten. The programme challenges the supermarkets and fast food industry to drastically reduce the amount of waste they generate.Fortnum & Mason CEO, Ewan Venters comments: “Fortnum & Mason has been an innovator in the world of food and drink for over 300 years and our Awards recognise the most talented media in these fields. This year’s entries represented an encyclopaedic depth of knowledge of a diverse range of topics from Sichuan to Liman cuisine, healthy eating, food and the environment, beers, cocktails and wine from around the world, as well as definitive works on single ingredients and produce. I’m delighted that the Awards have already established themselves as the most prestigious in the British calendar.”
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ERPresented by BAFTA award-winning Claudia Winkleman at the Fortnum & Mason flagship store in Piccadilly, the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards celebrate excellence in writing and broadcasting about food and drink and recognise not only the work of eminent figures in the industry but also the emerging talent . The expert panel chaired by Fortnum’s CEO Ewan Venters, included Margaret Rand, Simon Woods, Thomasina Miers, Edward Smith, Neil Ridley and Sybil Kapoor. The judges deliberated over 400 written and broadcast entries as well as 193 books. Of the 16 awards given out on the night, the TV Personality of the Year is the only one chosen by the public who emphatically backed their judgment by casting votes in their thousands to crown Nigella Lawson the winner.