Delia honoured by the Guild of Food Writers
Delia was presented with the Guild of Food Writers prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at its 25th Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 22 June 2022.
The award was the highlight of the evening, which took place at the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street and was attended by 300 of the country's leading food writers and broadcasters.
Delia also accepted the Committee's invitation to become Patron of the Guild of Food Writers. The announcement crowned an evening in which Delia was awarded the Guild's highest honour, its Lifetime Achievement Award, by surprise guest (and Delia fan) Jamie Oliver.
Delia is the Guild's first and only patron. At the Awards, Jamie Oliver described Delia as being 'an incredibly important part of my childhood. What you did really mattered.' Says President Orlando Murrin, 'Delia is the most revered and successful British food writer of all time, and we are deeply honoured that she has agreed to become our Patron. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long and warm friendship between our organisation and the woman who taught the British to cook.'
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Guild President Orlando Murrin comments: 'The Guild is delighted to bestow its top award on the country's best-loved and most revered food writer. For over 50 years Delia has changed the way the British think about food, and her recipes have given millions of people the confidence to learn to cook and entertain. The award is given in recognition of her imagination and creativity, her dedication to good, honest food and her uncompromising attention to detail.'