Stephen Harris among the winners at Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink awards

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Stephen Harris among the winners at Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink awards
Chefs Stephen Harris and Ruth Rogers and food critic Jay Rayner were among the winners at the sixth annual Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink awards.

Harris won Cookery Book of the Year for his book The Sportsman, detailing the story of his Michelin-starred pub and how he built its reputation up to what it is today.  

Rogers was presented with the Fortnum’s special award in honour of her more than 30 years at Hammersmith institution The River Cafe.

US chef and food writer Samin Nosrat won Debut Food Book of the Year for Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, which addresses the “four basic factors that determine how good your food will taste”.

The Restaurant Writer award went to journalist and broadcaster Jay Rayner for his work as The Observer Magazine’s resident food critic.

The awards, which celebrate the food industry’s best writers, publishers, presenters, image makers and personalities, were hosted by Claudia Winkleman.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges including Noble Rot founder Dan Keeling; food writer Diana Henry; chef José Pizarro; and journalist Marina O’Loughlin. The panel was chaired by Fortnum & Mason CEO Ewan Venters.

The Food Writer award went to Bee Wilson for her Guardian long read article on clean eating. Commenting on Twitter, she said that it was “not least because editor Claire Longrigg had to persuade [her] at first that there was something new to say on the subject”.

The 2018 winners in full:

Food book
The Christmas Chronicles: Notes, stories & 100 essential recipes for midwinter​ by Nigel Slater (4th Estate)

Cookery book
The Sportsman​ by Stephen Harris (Phaidon Press)

Debut food book
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat​ by Samin Nosrat (Canongate)

Drink book
The Wine Dine Dictionary​ by Victoria Moore (Granta Books)

Debut drink book
Bursting Bubbles​ by Robert Walters (Quiller Publishing)

Food writer
Bee Wilson, The Guardian and Observer Food Monthly

Cookery writer
Meera Sodha, The Guardian Weekend​ magazine

Drink writer
Nina Caplan: New Statesman

Restaurant writer
Jay Rayner, The Observer Magazine

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure​, BBC Studios, Unscripted Productions

Radio or podcast
Turmeric, The Food Programme​, BBC Radio 4

Hugh Johnson

Personality of the year
Nadiya Uussain

Fortnum’s special award
Ruth Rogers

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