Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Guild of Food Writers Awards



Last night I won the first Food Blog of the Year award at the Guild of Food Writers Awards party in London.

I can’t begin to describe what an honour it is. I never thought I’d win. I still can’t believe I have.

It was a lovely evening, filled with lots of familiar (mainly from book flaps and TV, I barely knew anyone) and new faces. It all seems like a dream. I even had to make a totally impromptu speech to all 330 people - hopefully I didn’t embarrass myself too much.

I don’t have any photos from the night yet so the photos are of my trophy in its home on my brand new mantelpiece. I had to polish it before I took the photograph as I stubbornly refused to put it down all evening (much to the despair of my wrists, it’s terribly heavy) so it was smeared with greasy canapé fingerprints and oh-god-I’m-nervous sweaty palms (I’m all about the glamour).

In case you’re interested (or are new to Poires au Chocolat– the last few pages of posts have been a bit different as I’ve been away), here are the five posts from 2011 that were under consideration by the judges:

Dusky Caramel and Raspberry Crêpe Cake
Apple and Quince Pie
Caramel Popcorn
Ginger Root Bundt Cake
Plain Scones with Clotted Cream and Raspberry Jam

There’s one more Foundations post to come on Friday – after that I’ll return to normal recipe posts.

Finally - thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am without my readers.



UPDATE: Here's a photo of me looking shiny (it was so hot that night) with Claudia Roden and Clare Blampied from Sacla (sponsors of the blog award) just after I'd won.

44 comments:

  1. Congratulations! You definitely deserved to win - I've just found your blog and have spent loads of time looking through your archives at all the wonderful things you have made:)

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  2. Congratulations! Amazing news, well done! :) x

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  3. Congratulations, Emma! You did very well!

    PS: There is something wrong with the posts'links! They can't be open.

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    1. Yikes!! Thank you so much for pointing that out, Zita - I had no idea.

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  4. Congratulations!! You are an awesome writer and your posts are really interesting and very informative.

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  5. HUGE congratulations Emma and very well deserved. Hope you're grinning from ear to ear and celebrating accordingly! Looking forward to seeing what the next few years of blogging bring :-)

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  6. Congratulations Emma!!! Enjoy the dreamy feeling, well done!

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  7. Kezia - Thank you! I'm so glad you're enjoying the archives.

    Elly - EEe! So exciting. Thank you!

    simple baking - Thank you, that's so sweet of you to say!

    thelittleloaf - Thank you Kate! My grin does indeed extend from ear to ear, though I have a teeny hangover from an embarrassingly small amount of wine and not enough sleep (too excited!!)...

    Regula - The dreamy feeling is wonderful! Thank you so much Regula.

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  8. Congratulations Emma, I'm absolutely thrilled that you won. Your site is a constant source of inspiration xo

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  9. Well done, what a fabulous accolade to add to your growing list!

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  10. Congratulations! Well deserved, your blog is beautiful.

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  11. Congratulations, what a great recognition of your work and inspiration. I hope perhaps to meet you sometime when you are back in Oxford next year.

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  12. Congrats lovely lady! It's well-deserved and I'm so excited for all the success you have been having with the site. :)

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  13. Hearty congratulations to you again :) Well deserved, enjoy it.

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  14. Congratulations! Well deserved, I'm always thrilled when your blog pops up in my google reader with a new post, always a good read :)

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  15. Congratulations! A worthy winner. :) I always get excited when a new PaC post pops up in my blog reader. Your photos/food/words are such a treat.

    p.s. Hope you had a lovely trip.

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  16. Haha, Emilialiveslife's comment and mine are nearly identical. I didn't see hers before I wrote mine!

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  17. That is incredible, and so well deserved. What an honor!

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  18. Congrats!! You totally deserve it!

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  19. Awesome!!!!! So chuffed you won!!! xx

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  20. Rock on, Emma! I'm jumping up and down for you, so excited you won and were recognized for your brilliant work!

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  21. Emma - Congratulations on your win!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you.
    xxxxxooooo
    Erin

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  22. Congratulations Emma. It couldn't happen to a nicer person.

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  23. Congratulations on a well-deserved win!

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  24. Emma I was there and delighted you got it, I found your blog when you made the Maltesers cake as I worked with the PR agency and did a check on your recipe for them...great blog
    ..well deserved and great to see someone new getting into the limelight

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  25. Massive congratulations Emma! I absolutely love reading your blog and you deserve every bit of success and recognition xx

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  26. Congratulations Emma - well deserved and I'm sure the first of many.

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  27. Huge congratulations - I was at the Awards and your speech was lovely! Love your blog - a new fan over at Silver Screen Suppers...

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  28. CONGRATULATIONS! How exciting!!

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  29. Huge congratulations, that's a truly wonderful achievement!

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  30. Congratulations! It's been far too long since I've visited, so I'm off to have a good look around now...

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  31. Massive congratulations, Emma! I've been following your blog since we met at FBC last year and I can't think of a more deserving recipient of the award. Wishing you all the best for the future, with the PaC and everything else :) Christine.

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  32. Congratulations Emma. It's sometimes hard to find really interesting and well-written blogs amongst all the rubbish that's out there - pleased to find this and I will be reading regularly! jane

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  33. Wow many congratulations! Emalina

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  34. Congrats!! i love your blog and so does everyone else that i know... as i keep going on about it.

    Last year when i left my old job to move to London i received any amazing gift, everyone in my office had helped make a recipe book with some of your amazing dessert inside!!

    Thank you!!

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