Tim Hayward (born 9 July 1963 in Bristol) is a British columnist and broadcaster. 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 and daughter.


Hayward is mainly known as a columnist 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.[2][3] 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,[4] the presented with Sheila Dillon.

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 , a print quarterly of 'new food writing'. This was followed in January 2013 by the launch of a sister print quarterly, , focussed upon drink. However, in July 2013 it was announced 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[9]

In June 2015 Hayward received the Guild of Food Writers, Food Journalist of the Year award for the 3rd time[2]


Hayward, Tim (1 July 2009). . The Guardian: 14–15. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 

Hayward, Tim (11 February 2011). . Financial Times: 42–43. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 

Hayward, Tim (22 March 2013). . Financial Times: 42–43. Retrieved 11 June 2015.