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Write It 2015 Winner Announced

Write It 2015 Winner Announced Nicola Graimes (02/07/2015)

Sixteen-year-old, Thomas Moore, has fought off stiff competition to win this year’s prestigious Guild of Food Writer’s Write It competition.

Thomas’s truly humbling and intensely moving piece entitled ‘Eating in KwaMahsu’ centres on his time as a 10-year-old living in South Africa and his street friend, Tulani.

The judges, Karen Barnes, editor of delicious. magazine; Nicola Graimes cookery author and editor; and award-winning author and journalist, Tim Hayward, voted unanimously for Thomas and were impressed with his stunning writing skills and emotive storyline.

Karen Barnes commented, ‘I read Thomas’s entry on the train and I cried. As a hard-bitten journalist, that doesn’t happen to me often. An outstanding piece of writing…’

‘There was no question that Thomas was this year’s stand-out winner,’ added Nicola Graimes. ‘His incredibly emotional piece was touchingly well written.’

The judges also highly commended Frances Cope, aged 17, for her humorous, observational piece called ‘Trendy Toast’.

Commenting on Frances’s entry, Tim Hayward said, ‘I cheered when I read this. Frances has a lovely style and clearly expresses her love for food. It’s mature, well-rounded writing with a confident voice.’

The winner will receive a library of award-winning cookery and food books, a visit to the delicious. test itchen and the entry will be published in delicious. magazine (

Hugely impressed with the standard of the entries this year, the judges praised the high standard of writing skills and the variety and diversity of subject areas covered by the entrants.

To read Thomas’s winning entry please click here.

To read Frances’s shortlisted entry please click here.
Write It, an annual competition organised by the Guild of Food Writers, is open to entrants aged up to 18 years old who are asked to write a 750-word descriptive piece based on a food-related subject.


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