Stack Awards: The Gourmand

by Stine Fantoft Berg in September 2016
Food & drink

Picking up the most prestigious award in last year’s ceremony, The Gourmand, a London-based magazine mixing food, culture and art wins Magazine of the Year for its high quality content and thought-provoking editorial.

With the entries now open for this year’s awards, we catch up with co-founder and creative director David Lane (above) to learn what he’s been up to in the nine months since the win, and who he thinks should receive the top award this year.


Where is your Stack Award now?
Sitting pride of place on a little shelf by the window in our house. It’s above where the cat sits and the portrait of him that Jean Jullien drew. On the shelf below are all of my dads books. As it was designed to do so, the award blends in well with the other books.


What have you been doing since last year’s awards?
Moved into a lovely new studio. It’s by London fields, in the same building as some really interesting people and it feels like a nice little community. Around the corner I share a small painting studio which I try to spend as much time in as possible, and my agents Mini Title are also very close by. There are also a lot of good lunch options!


Travelled a lot, both with work and pleasure. We’ve been to New York, Seoul, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland — all have been lovely. It’s been a combination of work and pleasure, and the baby has come along with me as much as possible which has been amazing.


Found some time to paint again.


I’ve ate too much and drank to much. Because of the small baby I haven’t been eating out as much as normal so I’m a little out of the loop with new openings. On the other hand, I’ve been cooking a lot and eating out for a lot of lunches. Recently I’ve really enjoyed Smoking Goat and Hoppers, both in Soho. The first is Thai and the other Sri Lankan.


And if not you, which magazine should win Magazine of the Year this year?
It may sound like an obvious choice, but I think that both Fantastic Man and The Gentlewoman should get the recognition they deserve. They have really led the way for independent titles, successfully running for over 10 years. Jop van Bennekom, Penny Martin and company turn out fantastic, high quality content and turn a profit. They are both massively imitated but never bettered.

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