Chefs Heston Blumenthal and Mark Hix were among the 12 winners picking up awards at the Guild of Food Writers Awards last night after impressing judges with their latest cookbooks.
Blumenthal`s The Big Fat Duck cookbook won the Food Book of the Year Award at the ceremony at Lincoln`s Inn in London with judges praising the `quality of the writing and the scope of the book: the concept, the historical perspective, the detailed recording of research and experiments, the keen intelligence that makes it so compelling and personal.`
Hix (pictured), a third-time winner, was awarded the Cookery Book of the Year award for his book British Seasonal Food while the Riverford Farm Cook Book won two awards, the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food and the Jeremy Round Award for the Best First Book.
Jamie Oliver`s TV series Ministry of Food shared the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing with Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte`s, authors of the book The Future Control of Food.
Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to restaurant reviewer Egon Ronay and cookery writer Mary Berry.
The full list of winners were:
The Food Book of the Year Award - Heston Blumenthal, The Big Fat Duck Cookbook (Bloomsbury)
The Cookery Book of the Year Award - †Mark Hix, British Seasonal Food (Quadrille)
The Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel - Fuchsia Dunlop, Shark`s Fin and Sichuan Pepper (Ebury)
The Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food - Guy Watson and Jane Baxter, Riverford Farm Cook Book (Fourth Estate)
The Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing - Joint Winners: Channel Four`s Jamie`s Ministry of Food (Fresh One Productions) and Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte, The Future Control of Food: A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security (Earthscan)
The Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating - BBC Radio 4`s The Food Programme: Nutritionism
The Jeremy Round Award for the Best First Book - Guy Watson and Jane Baxter, Riverford Farm Cook Book (Fourth Estate)
The Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year - Diana Henry for articles published in The Sunday Telegraph`s Stella magazine
The Restaurant Reviewer of the Year Award - Emma Sturgess for reviews published in Metro
The Food Journalist of the Year Award - Bee Wilson for articles published in The Sunday Telegraph`s Stella magazine
The New Media Award - Tim Hayward for his blog on The Guardian and The Observer`s Word of Mouth
The Food Broadcast of the Year Award - Simon Parkes for BBC Radio 4`s You and Yours: Lunch
Lifetime Achievement Awards - Mary Berry and Egon Ronay
Top food writers named