Tim Hayward

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Tim Hayward
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Born (1963-07-09) 9 July 1963 (age 51)
Occupation Writer broadcaster

Tim Hayward (born 9 July 1963 in Bristol) is a British journalist. He was educated at Bournemouth School and Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design, where he graduated in photography. He now lives in Cambridge with his wife, Alison Wright, and daughter.


Hayward is mainly known as a writer on food for British newspapers Financial Times and The Guardian, as a presenter on BBC R4's 'The Food Programme' and as a regular panellist on "The Kitchen Cabinet" (also BBC R4). In 2009 he received the Guild of Food Writers award for new media – the second year that the award had been presented and the first time it had been given to an individual writer.[1][2] Hayward also writes for Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine, Delicious, BBC Olive magazine and Saveur in the US. He has appeared on Good Food channel's Market Kitchen and the BBC1 documentary series Ever Wondered About Food?. In 2011 Hayward received the Guild of Food Writers 'Food Broadcast of the Year Award' for his first full length radio piece,[3] the R4 Food Programme: Pop-up London presented with Sheila Dillon.

The Press Gazette Top 50 Food Journalists list 2011, places Hayward at number 416 behind Jay Rayner, A.A. Gill and Nigel Slater.[4]

Between 2000 and 2007, whilst still working in the advertising industry Hayward also wrote a popular column on the excesses of ad agencies in New Media Age.

In 2011 at the Guild of Food Writers Award ceremony held in the Fishmonger's Hall, Hayward emphatically denied that he was Marina O'Loughlin, the anonymous restaurant critic on whose behalf he accepted the award for Best Restaurant Critic.

In August 2011 Hayward and his wife re-opened the famous Cambridge bakery and restaurant Fitzbillies.[5][6]

In August 2011 Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books announced that they had signed Hayward after a "hotly contested auction" to write a cookery manual called Food DIY[7]

In May 2012 Hayward became the Guild of Food Writers 'Food Journalist of the Year' and Fire & Knives was awarded 'Best Food Magazine'[8]

Hayward was publisher and editor of Fire & Knives, a print quarterly of 'new food writing'. This was followed in January 2013 by the launch of a sister print quarterly, Gin & It, focussed upon drink. However, in July 2013 it was announced[9] that both magazines would be merged into a single, annual publication; and in November 2013 subscribers were informed that both publications had closed.

In May 2014 Hayward received the Fortnum & Mason Award for Best Food Journalist[10]


Hayward, Tim (1 July 2009). "'The most revolting recipe ever devised". The Guardian: 14–15. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 

Hayward, Tim (11 February 2011). "'The Trend: Home Smoking". Financial Times: 42–43. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 


  1. ^ Smillie, Susan (26 June 2009). "Awards for Word of Mouth Writers". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Woods, Jonathan (3 July 2009). "The Guild of Food Writers Awards 2009". Guild of Food Writers. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Woods, Jonathan (3 June 2011). "Guild of Food Writers Awards 2011". GFW. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (5 July 2011). "Jay Rayner named top food and drink journalist in UK". Press Gazette. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Saving Fitzbillies: Tim Hayward's life-changing year" The Guardian 11 November 2011
  6. ^ "Cambridge's famous bakery Fitzbillies to reopen in August" BBC News 22 August 2011
  7. ^ Page, Benedict. "Fig Tree to offer Food DIY". The Bookseller. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Awards 2012 – The Winners" The Guild of Food Writers 30/05/2012
  9. ^ [1] "Farewell four times a year"
  10. ^ http://aboutus.ft.com/2014/05/15/ft-weekends-tim-hayward-named-food-writer-of-the-year/#axzz32LINocFp

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