Jessica is a winner at the National UK Blog Awards

April 2015

Culinary Arts Management student Jessica Simmons has won a National UK Blog Awards trophy (Food and Drink category) for her blog Nourishing Jessica

For the last year Jessica has been blogging about fitness and nutrition, healthy eating, happiness and wellness and sharing recipes of her own creation – for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide range of healthy and delicious snacks and smoothies. 

In autumn last year she entered the first round of the competition, and the nominations went to public vote in November. She was shortlisted as a finalist in December and her blog, as well as others from a range of categories, were judged by expert industry panels earlier this year. 

The judging criteria for the awards consisted of five main elements: design, style, content, marketing and usability. The judges for the Food and Drink category were Eleanor Crossland, Social Media Manager at Square Meal Publications and Elaine Stocks, Deputy Editor of the BBC Good Food Magazine. 

Jessica was then invited to attended the awards evening earlier this month at The Montcalm Hotel in London, where she heard the good news and was awarded her Blog Awards trophy. 

“I never intended for my blog to become something big, but now it is a part of me and who I am,” said Jessica. “I love food, photography, writing and inspiring people to try new recipes, and Nourishing Jessica is a combination of all of those. To be recognised for my passion is a feeling I could never express. 

“I wouldn’t have my success without my followers, lecturers, friends, family, colleagues and everyone’s constant support – so thanks to all of you.” 

Jessica has had her recipes featured on various websites such as Active in Style, Organic Burst, BuzzFeed and Grazia. 

She is also one of our UCBloggers, and you can read her UCB student blog here for an insight into what it’s like to study at the university. 

The UK Blog Awards was created to recognise true viral style and creative excellence in blogs across a variety of 12 UK industries, giving bloggers the chance to be acknowledged and recognised as knowledge providers within their industry.