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Write It 2016 Winner Announced

Write It 2016 Winner Announced Jane Suthering (05/07/2016)

Congratulations to 17-year-old Georgia Kirby, who fought off stiff competition to win this year’s prestigious Guild of Food Writer’s Write It competition.

Georgia’s evocative piece, entitled ‘The Importance of Ambience’, reflects her childhood joy of learning to cook and the pleasures of food in her memory bank. The judges, Karen Barnes, Felicity Cloake, and Seb Emina, voted unanimously for Georgia and were impressed with her beautifully descriptive language and emotive storyline.

Karen Barnes, editor of delicious. magazine, commented, ‘Georgia’s piece offered strong descriptions with excellent sentence construction and a sense of place…. I was there with her and her great-grandma, baking scones’.

Photograph of Karen Barnes

Karen Barnes 

Felicity Cloake, food writer and author, described the piece as ‘wonderfully descriptive, with a fine eye for detail and some lovely turns of phrase reminiscent of the great Nigel Slater himself.’ She added that Georgia provides ‘evocative proof that the best food writing doesn’t have to be about Michelin-starred meals or hipster hamburgers.’


Photograph of Felicity Cloake

Felicity Cloake

The judges also highly commended Thomas Moore (last year’s winner), now aged 17, for his tightly written, engaging story ‘London, A Gastronome's Paradise’ with a deft touch of self-deprecation. Commenting on Thomas’ entry, Seb Emina (who describes himself as a ‘freewheeling writer, editor and copywriter’) said: ‘This is proof that a good piece of food writing doesn’t need to mention food in every sentence. It had me laughing at times, and the pay-off is very nicely done.’

Photograph of Seb Emina

Seb Emina

The winner will receive a library of award-winning cookery and food books, a visit to the delicious. test kitchen and the entry will be published within the delicious. media platform.

Impressed with 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. They urged all those young people interested in food to hone their writing skills in time for next year’s competition.

Note: 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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