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Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards Announce Shortlist

The annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards celebrate the very best writers, publishers, broadcasters, photographers and personalities working in food and drink.

The shortlist for the 2019 Awards has now been announced. There are 13 categories and an independent panel of professional judges, led by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, selects the winners from work published or broadcast during 2018.


  • Black Sea by Caroline Eden (Quadrille)

  • Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit (Bloomsbury Publishing)

  • Pasta Pane Vino by Matt Goulding (Hardie Grant Books)


  • First, Catch by Thom Eagle (Quadrille)

  • Pie & Mash down the Roman Road by Melanie McGrath (Two Road)

  • Sweet Slices of History by Marjory Szurko (Prospect Books)


  • How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley)

  • Shetland by James & Tom Morton (Quadrille)

  • Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound: A New Way to Cook by Sybil Kapoor (Pavilion)


  • Asma's Indian Kitchen: Home-cooked food brought to you by Darjeeling Express by Asma Khan (Pavilion)

  • Strudel, Noodles and Dumplings by Anja Dunk (4th Estate)

  • The Modern Italian Cookbook by Joe Trivelli (Seven Dials/Orion Publishing)


  • Red & White by Oz Clarke (Little, Brown)

  • Sake and the wines of Japan by Anthony Rose (Infinite Ideas Ltd)

  • The Life of Tea: A Journey to the World’s Finest Teas by Michael Freeman & Timothy d’Offay (Mitchell Beazley)


  • A Beer in the Loire by Tommy Barnes (Muswell Press)

  • Aperitif by Kate Hawkings (Quadrille)

  • The Wandering Vine: Wine, the Romans and Me by Nina Caplan (Bloomsbury Continuum)


  • Clare Finney: Foodism / Market Life (Borough Market)

  • Hattie Ellis: The Field

  • Josie Delap: The Economist


  • Diana Henry: The Telegraph’s Stella magazine

  • Edward Smith: Market Life (Borough Market)

  • Olivia Potts:  Spectator Life



  • Jay Rayner: The Observer Magazine

  • Marina O'Loughlin: The Sunday Times magazine

  • Tom Parker Bowles: EVENT, The Mail on Sunday


  • Nadiya's Asian Odyssey: Wall To Wall Media

  • Nigel Slater's Middle East:  Hungry Gap Productions

  • Saturday Kitchen: Cactus TV


  • Lucy Dearlove: Lecker, Joe

  • Honey & Co.: The Food Talks with Samin Nosrat

  • The Food Chain: Raw Grief


  • David Nash

  • Romas Foord

  • Steve Ryan

A further category, the Personality of the Year, is voted for by the public.

The 2019 panel comprises:

  • CHRISTINE HAYES – Editor in Chief, BBC Good Food

  • FELICITY CLOAKE – Author and columnist for the Guardian and New Statesman

  • STEPHEN HARRIS – Author and Chef Patron of The Sportsman and columnist for The Daily Telegraph

  • DOUGLAS BLYDE – Drinks columnist for ES Magazine

  • HELEN MCGINN – Author of the Knackered Mother’s Wine Club and drinks columnist for the Daily Mail

  • JOE FATTORINI – Writer and presenter on The Wine ShowDAVID LOFTUS – Internationally acclaimed photographer *

  • *Guest Judge for the Photography category

Commenting on the launch, Ewan Venters said: “It’s been an amazing seven years since we launched the Awards and their early success is testament to our passion for great food and drink. We’ve already recognised some outstanding winners and we can’t wait to see what the 2019 Awards bring us. Our thanks go to our expert judges for giving their time and experience to champion some of the greatest skills in the country. And our best wishes go to everyone who enters.”

The Awards presentation on May 16th at Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly, will be hosted by Ewan Venters and Claudia Winkleman. All winners receive a unique trophy, an iconic Fortnum & Mason Hamper and a bottle of Fortnum & Mason Vintage Champagne.

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