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24th June 2021

Guild of Food Writers Awards 2021 Winners Announced

The winners of the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2021 have been announced.

This year’s judging continued under lockdown conditions and for obvious reasons we had to cancel our Awards party so the awards presentation ceremony – about 30 minutes – aired on the Guild’s Instagram account, and you can now view it on YouTube ( and on the Guild’s website.

The Guild’s Awards celebrate the best of British food writing and broadcasting.

The Awards are organised by the Guild of Food Writers, the UK’s professional association of food writers and broadcasters.

Full details of the winners and the Guild’s Awards partners are set out below.

The Guild’s partners for this year’s Awards are Belazu (International or Regional Cookbook Award); The Cherry Tree (Self-Published Work Award); Farrington’s Mellow Yellow (Investigative Food Work Award); The FoodTalk Show (Food Podcast or Broadcast Award); Gold Top (Recipe Writing Award); Kamado Joe (Food Writing Award); KitchenAid (Drinks Book Award); Lakeland (Food Magazine or Section Award); Luscombe Drinks (Drinks Writing Award); Peter’s Yard (First Book Award); Satellite PR (Online Food Writing Award); Seven Crofts (Restaurant Writing Award); Thermapen® (General Cookbook Award); Watson and Walpole (Specialist or Single Subject Cookbook Award); and Westmorland (Food Book Award).

You can view a full progamme for the event including details of all the finalists, sponsors and a list of highly commended entrants here.

The Guild of Food Writers 2021

Food Podcast or Broadcast Award
(Sponsored by The FoodTalk Show)

The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4 (Presenters: Sheila Dillon, Dan Saladino, Jaega Wise and Leyla Kazim; Producers: Lucy Taylor, Clare Salisbury, Dan Saladino and Sam Grist)


Food Writing Award
(Sponsored by Kamado Joe)

Melissa Thompson for work published in The Guardian, Vittles and BBC Good Food


Recipe Writing Award
(Sponsored by Gold Top)

Rosie Birkett for work published in the Sunday Times magazine and BBC Good Food Magazine


Restaurant Writing Award
(Sponsored by Seven Crofts)

Jimi Famurewa for work published in the Evening Standard’s ES Magazine

Photograph: Natasha Pszenicki


Drinks Writing Award
(Sponsored by Luscombe Drinks)

Sophie Thorpe for work published on FINE+RARE Editorial


Investigative Food Work Award
(Sponsored by Farrington’s Mellow Yellow)

Right2Food Podcast (Produced by Gilly Smith and Presented by the young ambassadors of the Food Foundation)


Food Magazine or Section Award
(Sponsored by Lakeland)

National Geographic Traveller Food (Editor: Glen Mutel, Deputy editor: Nicola Trup)


Online Food Writing Award
(Sponsored by Satellite PR)

Kathy Slack for work published on Gluts and Gluttony


Self-Published Work Award
(Sponsored by The Cherry Tree)

Craft: An Argument – why the term ‘craft beer’ is completely undefinable, hopelessly misunderstood, and absolutely essential by Pete Brown


First Book Award
(Sponsored by Peter’s Yard)

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake (published by Bodley Head)


Drinks Book Award
(Sponsored by KitchenAid)

The Noble Rot Book: Wine from Another Galaxy by Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew (published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd)


Food Book Award
(Sponsored by Westmorland)

Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World by Carolyn Steel (published by Chatto & Windus)


International or Regional Cookbook Award
(Sponsored by Belazu)

Parwana: Recipes and stories from an Afghan kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi (published by Murdoch Books)


Specialist or Single Subject Cookbook Award
(Sponsored by Watson and Walpole)

Fermentation: River Cottage Handbook No.18 by Rachel de Thample (published by Bloomsbury Publishing)


General Cookbook Award
(Sponsored by Thermapen®)

Giffords Circus Cookbook: Recipes and stories from a magical circus restaurant by Nell Gifford and Ols Halas (published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd)

Press release from the Guild of Food Writers