Books  |  Sep 10, 2021

Dent and Hayden winners at Fortnum and Mason Awards

Grace Dent and Georgina Hayden were among the winning authors of Fortnum & Mason’s annual Food and Drink Awards on 9th September. The awards, now in their ninth year, were presented at The Royal Exchange and were judged by an independent panel of expert judges chaired by chef proprietor of Murano, Angela Harnett. The panel also included Asma Khan, author, chef and restaurateur; Olly Smith, wine columnist and TV presenter; Rosie Birkett, food and cookery writer for the Sunday Times; Miguel Barclay, chef and author; Sandrae Lawrence, editor of the Cocktail Lovers Magazine; and Peter McCombie, wine consultant and writer.

Grace Dent was the winner of Debut Food Book for Hungry, which follows her journey from 1980s Carlisle to the world of London restaurants. Grace Dent is a food critic for the Guardian and restaurant critic. Hungry was published by Mudlark earlier this year.

Georgina Hayden was awarded Best Cookery Writer of the year for her work in the Waitrose Food Magazine. Georgina’s recipe book Taverna, was named Book of the Year 2019 in The Guardian, Evening Standard, Observer Food Magazine and Delicious. Georgina documents her recipes and food travels on her blog and Instagram page: @georgiepuddingnpie.

Tom Athron, c.e.o. of Fortnum & Mason, said of the winners: “Fortnum & Mason has been an innovator in the world of food and drink for over 300 years, and we’re proud to play our part in supporting the unparalleled food and drink scene here in the UK. This year’s entries displayed an encyclopaedic depth of knowledge and the shortlist was particularly impressive for its dazzling diversity and reassuring quality. The winners are a testament to the strength of the writing and broadcasting on the subjects of food and drink in this country and it is our privilege to encourage such distinction in these media disciplines.”