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The Guild of Food Writers
Newsletter March 2017

Dear Michelle,
If you know of any events or information you’d like included in the Newsletter, please email details to

our administrator, Jonathan Woods, at jonathan@gfw.co.uk. If you do not wish to receive this mailing please contact Jonathan at jonathan@gfw.co.uk.


Members’ News

FreeFrom Food Awards hit a 10 year high!

Ten years ago long-time Guild member and past chair Michelle Berriedale-Johnson started the FreeFrom Food Awards to help raise the profile of the new ‘freefrom’ foods designed for those with food allergies and coeliac disease (gluten free, dairy free, nut free etc).

Thanks partly to the very significant growth in the numbers of people suffering from these conditions, but also to the increased focus on healthy, ‘clean’ and ‘natural’ foods, what started with a few one-man (or woman!) gluten-free bakers selling cakes at their local market is now a multi-million pound industry covering every food from gluten-free, dairy and egg-free pork pies to freefrom protein shakes, and gourmet coconut ice creams.

The awards have grown with the sector and the 10th anniversary party and presentation on Tuesday 28 March welcomed nearly 350 guests at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent's Park for a celebration of freefrom and a buffet of the 10th anniversary winning foods from over 20 categories.

For more information about the awards and the winners contact Michelle: email michelle@foodsmatter.com or telephone 020 7722 2866.

Field & Fork School

Committee member Charlotte Pike writes “Field & Fork School is a food education social enterprise established to provide food education to a wider audience. We currently offer a small number of cookery classes on a pop-up basis in the Oxford area, which we hope to expand soon. In April, we are running a 'Cooking for Babies and Young Children' Class for just £5 a head, and a 'Fast Fresh and Healthy' class priced at £10 a head.

I have also launched a campaign to raise financial backing to open a permanent centre: field-fork.co.uk/help-us-1/

We are on Twitter @fieldforkfarm and Instagram @fieldforkfarm and our website is: field-fork.co.uk

We'd really appreciate any help in spreading the word about our work.” 

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Food Worth Fighting for: From Food Riots to Food Banks by Guild member Josh Sutton has won the national award in the Culinary History Category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

The Kitchen Café

Guild member Sumayya Usmani is now one of the presenters of BBC Radio Scotland's weekly food show The Kitchen Café, which is also available on the BBC iPlayer and as a podcast.

Borough Talks 2017 at Borough Market

Guild members are well represented in Borough Market's third annual Borough Talks series taking place across five Tuesday evenings between April and September.

Tuesday 4 April – Read, cook, live: the ingredients of a cookbook

Angela Clutton leads a panel including Felicity Cloake in considering the nature and purpose of cookbooks.

Tuesday 16 May – How the media can help your food business

Sybil Kapoor and a diverse panel including Pete Lawrence and encompassing academia, broadcasting and food brands discuss the power of the media on how and what we eat; and how that can be used to benefit those working in different parts of the food industry.

Tuesday 13 June – Parent trap: the challenges of children's food

Jenny Chandler discusses with a panel including Stefan Gates, Claire Thomson and Amanda Ursell (and the Guild's 2016 Inspiration Award winner, Carmel McConnell) the social and political issues associated with children's food and considers what a 'healthy' diet for children looks like.

Tuesday 11 July – How to join the drinks revolution

Sybil Kapoor leads a panel of drinks professionals and writers reflecting on the ever-evolving world of British drinks.

Tuesday 12 September – Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of food production

Professor Tim Lang will lead a broad-ranging discussion on the true cost of the food we eat from the state of our soil, to food waste, and whether a modern city can develop the infrastructure to feed itself.

For more information on all of these events please go to boroughmarket.org.uk/events/borough-talks-2017

What are you doing?

The Guild always welcomes the opportunity to boast about members’ achievements, whether in print, broadcasting, commercial ventures, awards, etc. Too often, we learn about these things long after the fact – and from other sources, not the members themselves.

We want to put your news in this newsletter and to tweet about it. We can’t do anything if you don’t tell us what you’ve done. Please, please let us know and if you’d like us to include a photograph please do send us one.

The cut-off date for inclusion in the April 2017 newsletter is Tuesday 11 April 2017. Don’t miss it!
Jonathan Woods: jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

Members’ Books

New Members

Seren Charrington-Hollins

Seren is a professional food historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. With a great passion for social and food history she has acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout the decades.

Seren’s contact details are: address: Awelon, Llanfarian, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 4BT; telephone: 01970 611612 (home); email: hello@bubblingstove.co.uk; blogs: www.serenitykitchen.com and www.troublewithhusbands.com; twitter: @bubblingstove.

Sabrina Ghayour

Chef, cookery teacher and author Sabrina Ghayour specialises in Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
Sabrina's debut cookbook was Persiana in 2014, followed by Sirocco in 2016. She still hosts supperclubs, cookery classes and pop-ups in the UK and Europe.

Sabrina’s contact details are: email: sabrina@sabrinaghayour.com; website: www.sabrinaghayour.com; twitter: @SabrinaGhayour; instagram: sabrinaghayour.

Xa Milne

Xa is co-founder of Mara Seaweed, author of The Seaweed Cookbook and co-author of Seaweed and Eat It. Her passion for seaweed began while investigating wild edibles, for a book and newspaper column, and has carried on until the present day. She is particularly interested in flavour and taste and how seaweed affects our understanding of it.

Xa’s contact details are: address: 14 Warriston Crescent, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 5LA; telephone: 07919 101306 (mobile); emails: xamilne@gmail.com, xa@maraseaweed.com; website: maraseaweed.com; twitter: @maraseaweed.

Da-Hae West

Da-Hae is a Korean cook, writer, recipe developer and cookery teacher. She had always had an interest in food, but it wasn't until a particularly inspiring trip to Korea in 2012 that she ever thought of doing it as a career. In 2013 Da-Hae started up a Korean food truck (Busan BBQ) with her husband selling their take on Korean food – from their Busan Burger (beef burger marinated in bulgogi soy sauce) to KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). They traded at markets all over London, spent a month at Trinity Kitchen in Leeds and held successful pop ups at restaurants ranging from Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen to The Dead Dolls House in East London. 

Since starting Busan BBQ, Da-Hae has delved further into the food world and now works as a freelance cookery teacher, demonstrator, recipe developer and Korean food consultant. Her first book K-Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food, was released in 2016 which has since opened up further opportunities from working with AHDB (Simply Beef and Lamb) as a cookery demonstrator to working with Denham Productions for their new show John Torode's Korean Food Tour, which is out later this year. Da-Hae thinks ‘it's a really exciting time to be involved in Korean food as more people begin to take an interest in the amazing flavours and history of the cuisine’.

Da-Hae’s contact details are: emails: dahaewest@yahoo.co.uk, Dahae@busanbbq.co.uk; website: www.busanbbq.co.uk; twitter: @dahaewest.

Opportunities and Offers


The Guild’s professional issues secretary Sarah Beattie writes:
‘The statements for the March distribution of ALCS money have been published (they're in the members' area of the ALCS website). Those of us who are registered will be paid this month. If you are not registered and you are a published writer (books and articles), make sure you do it now and don't miss out in future.

Go to www.alcs.co.uk – your registration fee comes out of your first distribution so no upfront cost. You can now also claim for photos and illustrations with your books and articles.

Don't ignore this valuable extra revenue from your hard work! Those who have published books should also register for PLR – it's not as lucrative but it all helps.’

Lovefood.com: Editor

Term: Permanent, full-time
Location: Lovefood.com, 2nd Floor, 112-116 Old Street, London EC1V 9BG
Closing date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Lovefood.com is an established lifestyle website that launched in 2010. It is aimed at people who are passionate about food – whether that’s eating it, cooking it, buying it or growing it.

They are looking for an Editor to manage the award-winning lovefood.com. Being a digital publication they are looking for someone with experience of writing high-quality consumer-orientated digital content. This role offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced writer or Deputy Editor with a knowledge of and passion for food and drink to step up to Editor level. You will be integral in shaping and developing the future direction and success of lovefood.com.

For further information and details of how to apply, please click here.


Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia

Applications are now invited for the 2017 Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia, one of the UK’s most generous food-writing bursaries. Hosted by Oxford Gastronomica, Oxford Brookes University’s centre for food and cultural studies, the award winner will be an emerging writer who has the ability to enhance our understanding and appreciation of Asian food culture.

The panel of judges consists of Fuchsia Dunlop, Guild member, food writer and world-authority on Chinese cuisine; David Thompson, renowned cookery writer and Chef Proprietor of Nahm in Bangkok; Carol Michaelson, curator of Chinese Art at the British Museum and freelance writer on Chinese art; Paul Bloomfield, chef, corporate and private caterer and Patron of Oxford Gastronomica; and Donald Sloan, Chair of Oxford Gastronomica and Head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management.

The aim of the Award is to support travel and research costs associated with producing an original work intended for publication in print or electronic form, for the English speaking world. This could be a cookery book, or maybe a substantial article for a magazine or journal. The maximum value of the award will be £2,500, with the actual sum reflecting likely costs

Applicants must reside in the UK and must not have already published a cookery book.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30 April 2017.

For full details, including terms and conditions and to access an entry form, visit brookes.ac.uk/yan-kit-so.

Guild News

Guild and Pink Lady® encourage children to Write It

Pink Lady® apples and the Guild are delighted to announce their partnership in the Guild’s Write It competition for young food writers. The competition encourages children from three age groups (10 and under, 11–14 and 15–18) to capture one of their favourite food experiences on the page. This year’s theme is Partnerships, which could be the combination of favourite foods, cooking or eating with friends or family, or any other food-related pairings or partnerships.

This year’s judges include the Guild’s President, Xanthe Clay, and Stefan Gates, award-winning documentary maker, TV presenter and author of books on food and science for young people. Also on the judging panel are award-winning food writers Diana Henry and Felicity Cloake, Jo Ingleby, BBC Cook of the Year 2015, and Karen Barnes, editor of delicious. magazine. They’ll use their collective experience, enthusiasm for food and drink and love of a good read to find and celebrate the outstanding work in each age group.
From left to right: Karen Barnes, Xanthe Clay and Felicity Cloake

From left to right: Jo Ingleby, Diana Henry and Stefan Gates

The closing date for the competition is Sunday 30 April. For more details on the competition and prizes, visit www.gfw.co.uk. To enter please visit www.pinkladyapples.co.uk/write-it


Guild members are entitled to a variety of discounts; the full list is set out in the members’ area of the website at www.gfw.co.uk/members/members-discounts.cfm. If you can’t remember your password to access the members’ area, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

One of the current members’ discounts is from Donald Russell, the award-winning Scottish butcher, who are suppliers of the finest meat, including grass-fed beef and lamb, 'Freedom Food' pork and salmon, wild Scottish fish, venison and game birds, award-winning free range poultry and other gourmet specialities by mail order across the UK (www.donaldrussell.com). Guild members have a 10% discount with Donald Russell, when you telephone or place your order online with the code GFW1. Telephone: 01467 629666.


The Guild provides annual photo press cards for members on request; if you would like a card, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk a jpeg photo of your face and he will arrange for a card to be produced and sent to you.

Guild on Instagram

The Guild is on Instagram under the handle @thegfw and using the hashtag #guildfoodwriters.

Guild on Twitter

The Guild has over 22,000 Twitter followers.

It is the Guild’s policy to follow all members on Twitter and to tweet any news about Guild members’ activities. If you have any news you would like included in the newsletter and tweeted about, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

You can follow the Guild on Twitter at @guildfoodwriter and the Guild maintains a Twitter list of Guild members at twitter.com/#!/GuildFoodWriter/the-guild-of-food-writers. If you tweet about a new book or something similar, include the Guild handle @guildfoodwriter in your tweet and it will be easier for our resident tweeters to spot and therefore retweet.

Guild sponsorship

If you know of any potential sponsors who might be interested in this or would like to see the detailed outline of sponsorship opportunities available, please email the Guild’s sponsorship coordinators at sponsorship@gfw.co.uk.

Food and Drink Events

Chocolate Tempering Workshop for Thermapen

Thursday 30 March, 4-6pm or 6-8pm
MELT Chocolates, 6 Clarendon Road, London W11 3AA

Fresh chocolate is like nothing else – a versatile and delicious ingredient limited only by your imagination. But harnessing the sublime flavour and texture of chocolate requires a delicate touch … and a precise temperature.
Superfast Thermapen®, sponsor of the Guild of Food Writers Food Writing Award, has teamed up with top British chocolatiers MELT to indulge your senses with a masterclass in tempering chocolate for culinary craft.

Join Thermapen® at MELT Chocolatiers in Holland Park on Thursday 30 March for a FREE pre-Easter workshop – just 10 places available for each session.

Email Bethia@satellitepr.com to reserve a place.

Thane Prince’s Cookbook Club

Tuesday 4 April, 7pm

Upstairs at the Drapers Arms,
44 Barnsbury Street, London N1 1ER

Guild member Thane Prince’s monthly cookbook club for April will feature eggs and future club nights will be on Wednesday 3 May (flowers and leaves), Wednesday 7 June, Wednesday 5 July (Nieves Barragan). For more information, and future dates, visit @tpcookbookclub.


Sam Stern’s Pop-Up Supper Club

Thursday 6–Saturday 8 April, 7pm
Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 9JA

Guild member and – ridiculously youthful – author of seven books Sam Stern writes, ‘I am running a pop up Supper Club with the guys at Brother Marcus in Balham. From 6–8th April I will be popping up with a “Greatest Hits” menu based on the most-loved recipes from my books. Everything will be served to share family-style on communal tables and finished off with a glorious pot of Yorkshire Tea.
On the menu:
Sumac Martini

Yorkshire Pudding Slider, Home-Cured Salmon
with Horseradish Crème Fraîche and Watercress

Crisp Polenta with Caponata Salad

Slow-Roasted Studded Lamb with
Dauphinoise and Greens

Divine Triple Chocolate Tart with Grapefruit Sorbet
and a Pot of Yorkshire Tea
Tickets from £32pp are available to purchase from the link here – get them fast!’

Private food library book sale at the home of Sri Owen

Saturday 22 April, 2-6pm
96 High Street Mews, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 7RG

Illustrious Guild member Sri Owen has collected an extensive library of books in her many years as a food writer. The doyenne of Indonesian cookery, and an expert in Southeast Asian cookery generally, Sri – like most of us – has always had a keen interest in all aspects of food and cookery, and her culinary book collection reflects this. The time has come for Sri and Roger to downsize from their Wimbledon High Street home, and much of the collection needs to find a good home elsewhere. Sri is donating numerous books to various food libraries, but is keen not only to ensure that good books find a home with those for whom they hold particular appeal, but to raise a little money for charity in the process.

Sri’s main adopted charity is PAWA, the Pan-Asian Women’s Association, and donations would go to support the education of teenage girls throughout Asia. As this message is going out to Guild members specifically, Sri is also happy to share proceeds of the sale with Magic Breakfast, voted by Guild members as the winner of the 2016 Inspiration Award.

In addition to the books, Sri also has a range of china and artefacts that need to find another home, and offers and donations for these will also be welcome.

Sri’s well-known hospitality means of course that no travel-weary visitor will go hungry or thirsty, and tea with both savoury and sweet refreshments will be provided.

Please do book ahead (though there’s no need to be specific within the time frame) so we have an idea of numbers. Please email Silvija silvija@btinternet.com to let us know if you would like to attend.

Country Living Spring Fair

Thursday 27–Sunday 30 April
Alexandra Palace (Great Hall via Palm Court) London N22 7AY

This year the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair moves to an exciting new venue – historic Alexandra Palace, which affords a lot more space and the opportunity to host a number of enticing cookery demonstrations by leading chefs such as Matt Larcombe, head chef at The Crown in Bray and Janos Veres, head chef at The Hind’s Head in Bray. Award-winning Peter Harrison from Suffolk, will also be offering suggestions for seasonal Spring recipes. 

Meanwhile Mark Taylor of Mark Taylor Designs will be talking about what constitutes the perfect kitchen. Mark will talk through 20 years of the changing use of kitchen space, design and colour and explore what is new in 2017, looking at what is expected for the future in modern spaces.

The fair will also feature a regional produce market with artisan bakers, charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and other delicious delicacies, and a Pop-Up market, giving start-ups the opportunity to meet the public for the first time. Charlotte Miller will present a range of wooden chopping boards, while So Drinks is a new venture that packs a punch with its fruit-infused gin, vodka and sherry, and among the chocolatiers are Thorpe Confectionary and Zamat Chocolates, the latter creating chocolates fragranced with natural herbs in very unusual combinations. 

Advance tickets £14 or to apply for a press pass, register on the Country Living Fair website in the ‘Visit’ section.

Cinco de Mayo Supper Club

Friday 5 May, 7.30pm
The Underground Restaurant, Kilburn, London

Guild member Kerstin Rodgers, aka Ms Marmite Lover, will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo supper club on 5 May, serving tacos, fish and vegetable, guacamole, salsas, chilles en nogada with pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options. She writes, “Expect authentic and innovative Mexican cooking. I'll be having a go at making a giant tamale called a zacahuil on my Big Green Egg. Girls mucking about with fire!” Tickets are £40. For more information, and to book, click here.

Food For Thought at the School for Artisan Food

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, 9:30am – 4:00pm
The School of Artisan Food, Lower Motor Yard, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire S80 3LR

Building on the success of previous Food for Thought weekends the School for Artisan Food are offering another special opportunity to listen, share and join in the discussions on a wide range of topical food subjects. There will be five speakers on each day including the following Guild members:
  • Felicity Cloake: Tweet first, eat later: The impact of social media on modern food culture;
  • Arun Kapil: Spice: the route to flavour, health and joyous eating;
  • Professor Tim Lang: Sustainable diets: What food systems should deliver;

From left to right: Felicity Cloake, Arun Kapil and Professor Tim Lang
  • Nicole Pisani: The more interested the children are in food, the less likely they are to throw it under the table; and
  • Sumayya Usmani: When two seasons become four: Transporting my subcontinent cooking to Britain.

From left to right: Nicole Pisani and Sumayya Usmani

For more information and how to book please click here.

The Evening Standard London Food Month

Thursday 1–Friday 30 June
Various venues around London

The London Evening Standard is excited to launch a major new food festival to be held annually from June 2017. A month-long celebration filled with hundreds of events throughout the world’s culinary capital.

Creative directors Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles will curate a vibrant showcase of our culinary diversity across every corner of London. Fay Maschler, Britain’s longest-standing and respected restaurant critic, will be selecting her 50 favourite places to eat.

London Food Month will promote special collaborations, and unique experiences across the industry to offer a programme of must-see, eat and drink events. From high-end dinners to free community events, old favourites done differently to the latest lunch hotspots, it will have something for everyone. Full programme details will be released from 3 May in the Evening Standard. For more information, visit londonfoodmonth.co.uk.

Nuffield Triennial Conference: Farming Fit For Food

Thursday 8 June
East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RJ

A growing food culture is sweeping across Britain, with shoppers selecting foods as part of a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, the country is experiencing mounting public health problems, with high levels of obesity, diabetes and heart disease related to diet.

Farming Fit For Food is a one day conference that will explore how farming, in partnership with the food industry, can rise to the challenge of changing food and dietary requirements.

For more information and how to book please click here.

Guild Events

Annual General Meeting

Thursday 27 April 2017, 6.30-9pm
The Nave at St Ethelburga’s, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

Registration will start at 6.30pm with the meeting to commence at 7pm. This will be followed at around 8pm by drinks and canapés.

Guests are more than welcome to join us for the reception but please note that only members may attend the meeting itself.

There is no charge for members to attend the reception, but we make a nominal charge of £10.00 per person for guests.

Places for the reception are limited so please book early.

It is important that as many of you as possible attend the Annual General Meeting. This is the opportunity for you, as members of the Guild to hear what has been happening during the last twelve months, for you to express views on Guild policies, and to raise issues that are of importance to you.

To confirm your attendance at the Meeting and to book a place for the reception afterwards, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

The nearest stations are Bank (Central, Northern and Waterloo & City Lines and DLR) and Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines, Overground and Mainline Rail). For help planning your journey go to www.tfl.gov.uk.

Please note: It is possible that the meeting will go on a little longer than one hour. If you are bringing a guest from outside the Guild and they arrive while the meeting is still going on, please inform them that they may not be able to wait inside St Ethelburga’s. There are several pubs and cafes nearby where they can wait. 

Save the date

  • Thursday 22 June: Guild Awards Ceremony at The Oval Space in Bethnal Green
Booking hasn't opened for this event so keep an eye out for email advertisements.

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 President: Xanthe Clay      Vice-President: Clarissa Hyman

Chair: Kate Hawkings

Vice-Chairs: Angela Clutton and Jayne Cross

Secretary: Felicity Cloake      Treasurer: Laura Washburn Hutton

Awards Coordinators: Jayne CrossSam Bilton (special officer)
and Emma Sturgess (special officer)

Events Coordinators: Hattie Ellis and Christopher Trotter     

Membership Coordinator: Christine Smallwood

Policy Coordinators: Angela Clutton and Silvija Davidson

Professional Issues Secretary: Sarah Beattie (special officer)

Publications Coordinator: Orlando Murrin 

Social Media Coordinator: Laura Washburn Hutton

Sponsorship Coordinators: Charlotte Pike and Polly Robinson (special officer)

Website Coordinators: Tom Fahey and Samantha Kilgour (special officer) 

Workshops Coordinators: Angela CluttonSilvija Davidson,
Genevieve Taylor and Christopher Trotter

Write It Coordinators: Sally Brown (special officer) and Jayne Cross

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