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Friday 13 May 2022.

Thursday 12 May 2022...7pm to 10.30pm... FORTNUM & MASON FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS at Fortnum & Mason, The Royal Exchange, Bank, London EC3. This was the 10th anniversary of these awards, and i have been to most of them. Used to be held at their iconic Piccadilly home but now held here to help promote their new store that opened a couple of years ago. Fortnum & Mason celebrate ten years of discovering and championing the achievements of the UK’s writers, editors, publishers, photographers and broadcasters who encourage us to enjoy, explore, experiment and discover more about food and drink through their work. For over three centuries Fortnum & Mason has remained an essential destination in Piccadilly. Visit their website for a list of winners which were handed out from 7.50pm to 8.20pm. The awards were hosted by CLAUDIA WINKLEMAN and ANGELA HARTNETT. Over 300 guests here in and around their stunning oval marble bar in the centre of the room. A nice surprise to see singer-songwriter MICA PARIS here. A dozen well know faces related to food and drinks here including... MARY BERRY One half the THE HAIRY BIKERS. MATT TARBUTT ( BBC1 Saturday Morning Kitchen Presenter) GRACE DENT (The Guardian Food critic ) JAY RAYNER MONICA GALETTI I got my photo taken with Mica Paris and Mary Berry so will put them up on Facebook soon. Complimentary Fortnum & Mason champers, vodka cocktails, wines, beers and yummy Fortnum & Mason canapés including their famous Scotch Eggs and Oysters. For desserts , it was a lemon & amaretti trifle that has won the Queens Platinum Pudding competition out of 5000 entries which was served up in a champagne glass. All guests got a goodie bag with a few nice Fortnums food items inside. An excellent event.