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1st June 2019

Guild of Food Writers Awards 2019: Winners Announced

From left to right: Genevieve Taylor, Madhur Jaffrey and Sumayya Usmani
From left to right: Genevieve Taylor, Madhur Jaffrey and Sumayya Usmani

The winners of the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2019 have been announced.

The annual Awards ceremony, held on the evening of Thursday 27 June 2019 at Studio Spaces in London, celebrated the best of British food writing and broadcasting.

This event is organised by the Guild of Food Writers, the UK’s professional association of food writers and broadcasters, and is the longest-established and largest of its kind.

The hosts for this special celebration were the Guild’s new President Orlando Murrin and Vice-President Felicity Cloake. Orlando extolled the talents of all the shortlistees, commenting: ‘Food writing is an increasingly crowded field, and this year we made adjustments to several categories to reflect changes that are happening in the marketplace. As ever, the Awards attracted a galaxy of entries, specially in new categories. In many cases there was a hair’s breadth between the finalists, and judges found their final decision excruciatingly difficult. In the end, however, we came down to 12 worthy winners, to each of whom the Guild offers its warmest congratulations.’

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Madhur Jaffrey. Presenting the Award Guild Chair Genevieve Taylor described how it was the gift of one of Madhur’s books from her granddad that expanded her own cooking horizons: ‘The words sprang out from the page, enticing my senses with exotic, exciting and colourful sounding ingredients. My cooking world was changed forever, and I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that.’

For a full list of winners see