Regular host Claudia Winkleman hosted the 8th annual Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards last night, via live stream.

The awards, which celebrates the best in food and drink writing, broadcasting, publishing and photography, saw an independent panel of industry experts including Anna Jones, cookbook author and Guardian columnist; Jeremy Lee, chef proprietor at Quo Vadis; Robin Hutson, chairman and CEO of Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels; and Fortnum’s CEO Ewan Venters select winners from 13 categories. Two awards, Personality of the Year and Digital Creator of the Year, were voted for by the public. Stephen Fry made a surprise appearance to announce the winners in these categories.

This year’s winners included Chinese food expert Fuchsia Dunlop, who took best Cookery Book for her The Food of Sichuan; Rare Tea Company founder Henrietta Lovell, who picked up the Drink Book gong for Infused: Adventures in Tea; Rachel Roddy for her cookery writing in the Guardian Feast; and Tom Parker Bowles, whose work as a critic in The Mail on Sunday’s EVENT magazine was recognised.

“We take great pride in recognising the very best communicators in food and drink – not only the writers, programmers and photographers, but also the judges who give their time and experience to champion the best skills in the country,” said Venters.

See the full list of winners here.


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