Chef Mark Hix has won the Cookery Journalist of the Year award for his food writing in the Independent at this year’s Guild of Food Writers’ Awards.
Hix, who owns three restaurants in London and one in Lyme Regis and is director of food at The Albemarle at Brown’s Hotel, was also shortlisted for the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food, won by Sybil Kapoor, for work published in Country Life.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest cookbook Plenty was shortlisted for Cookery Book of the Year, but the accolade was given to Caroline and Robin Weir for Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide.
In all, 13 awards were given out to food writers and broadcasters at the ceremony at Fishmongers' Hall, London Bridge on 2 June. Anna del Conte was presented with the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award by Nigella Lawson while Marina O’Loughlin was voted Restaurant Reviewer of the year for her work in Metro and Fire & Knives.
The Guild of Food Writers’ Awards winners for 2011 are as follows:
Cookery Book of the Year Award - Caroline and Robin Weir, Ice Creams, Sorbets and Gelati: The Definitive Guide
Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing or Broadcasting - BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme: The Fruit Industry presented by Sheila Dillon
Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year - Mark Hix, for work published in The Independent
Food Book of the Year Award - Mark Diacono, A Taste of the Unexpected
Food Broadcast of the Year Award - BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme: Pop-up London presented by Sheila Dillon and Tim Hayward
Food Journalist of the Year Award - Felicity Cloake, for work published in Fire & Knives and The Guardian
Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book - Niki Segnit, The Flavour Thesaurus
Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel - Josceline Dimbleby, Orchards in the Oasis
Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food - Sybil Kapoor, for work published in Country Life
Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating - Valerie Twomey, Truly Tasty
New Media of the Year Award - Felicity Cloake, for work published on The Guardian and The Observer's Word of Mouth blog
Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award - Marina O’Loughlin, for work published in Metro and Fire & Knives
Lifetime Achievement Award - Anna del Conte