Food in Film

Carl Pendle wins unearthed® food in film 2016

The winner of unearthed® Food in Film, a category of Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016 was announced at a packed reception at the Mall Galleries, London, as Carl Pendle (UK) for his brilliant film short, Chilli Festival.

The UK’s Carl Pendle is announced as the unearthed® food in film winner – a category of the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016

As a previous finalist, in both 2015 and 2015, we’re delighted to see photographer and film-maker Carl win this year. We loved watching his films ‘Mushroom Hunting‘ and ‘The Food and People of Marrakech’  and really enjoy his light-hearted approach to food – which perfectly captures the spirit of the ‘food in film award.

The judging process took place last month and judges for our category comprised of George Motz, Founder and Director of the Food Film Festival, NYC, Nik Powell, Director of the National Film & Television School and James Winter, Producer, BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Live.

“The competition was intensely fierce,” says Simon, “there were entries from across the world and the standard was phenomenal. Carl’s film about a chilli festival in rural Sussex, having won the Documentary section, stood out from the rest, however, for its highly characterful wit and atmosphere.”  Not only does Carl now carry the prestigious title unearthed® Food in Film winner 2016, he also walks away with £1,000.

unearthed® food in film winner

Carl Pendle (see film below)

Documentary winner

Carl Pendle (UK): Chilli Festival
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Non-Documentary winner

Mandy Mortimer (Ireland): Carrot Cake from Scratch
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People’s Choice Award winner

Jignesh Jhaveri (India): The Chocolatier
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The evening was compered by chair of the judges, journalist and food critic, Jay Rayner, and took place in front of more than 400 guests at the Champagne Taittinger reception, many of whom had flown in from across the world to be there.  Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading celebration of the art of food photography and film. In its fifth year, 30,000 entries have been submitted since its inception.

If you’d like to remind yourself of the shortlisted films please see the playlist here:

We’ll be catching up with Carl very soon, to find out more about his film-making, his reaction to the win and what future projects he has in store.


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