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WriteIt! 2008 Winner

Jane Suthering (13/06/2009)

A new talent was acknowledged on Thursday 12 June 2009 at the prestigious Guild of Food Writers Annual Awards in London. However, Rebecca Carey is not an experienced chef or journalist; she is a 15-year-old pupil from Helston in Cornwall , who was this year’s winner of the inaugural WriteIt! competition run by the Guild for budding young food writers.

Prue Leith OBE presenting 2008 WriteIt! Winner Rebecca Carey with her prize

Rebecca’s article on ‘The Perfect Belgian Waffle’, her favourite dish in her local café, impressed the judges for the ‘lively and deliciously evocative’ picture she painted of the place and the food.

Guild Chair, Gilli Cliff commented: ‘Rebecca’s writing is a great example of what the Guild of Food Writers stands for: excellent writing and a real passion for good food. The standard of entries for this, the first ever WriteIt! competition, was extremely high, boding well for the future of food writing and broadcasting in the years to come.’

Rebecca’s prize includes a day working with WriteIt!, judge and food writer, Alastair Hendy, plus a lap top from competition sponsors Sacla'.

The judges also included Daily Telegraph feature writer, Xanthe Clay, editor Lewis Esson and author Hattie Ellis, who herself won the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing on the same night.

Competition runner-up was 17-year-old Catherine Dunleavy from Berkshire , whose passionate piece, ‘The Perfect Slice’, eloquently described her love of the traditional sandwich cake over the now fashionable cupcake. Catherine’s prize is a £100 voucher for the food lovers’ bookshop, Books For Cooks.

The judges also commended the entry from 16-year-old Deborah Kinghan from County Down in Northern Ireland for her personal, investigative piece, ‘Foraging for Fairtrade’.

This is the first year that the Guild of Food Writers has run a food writing competition in addition to its annual CookIt! competition. WriteIt! was open to applicants aged between 15 and 18 and entrants were required to write a descriptive 750-word piece based on any food-related subject such as a visit to a restaurant, market or food shop, either in Britain or abroad.

Photographer: Moe Kafer
WriteIt! 2008 was sponsored by Sacla’.

Sacla' logo

WriteIt! was supported by The Mail on Sunday’s You magazine.

Prizes for WriteIt!
A fantastic opportunity to spend the day at a photo-shoot with Alastair Hendy, courtesy of You magazine. Alastair is a well-known author and regular contributor to the magazine and is unique in providing all the disciplines required for a food feature. He writes, develops the recipes, prepares the food, styles the shoot and takes the photographs. As if that wasn't enough you will be presented with your prize at the Annual Guild of Food Writers Awards party in London and be taking home a laptop computer to ensure that you are inspired to continue with your creative writing. You will also receive a hamper packed with Sacla’ and other authentic Italian foods, plus a copy of The Painter, the Cook and L’Arte di Sacla’ signed by leading Italian food writer Anna Del Conte.

Runner up: Enjoy spending a £100 voucher at Books for Cooks, the famous cookbook shop in London's Notting Hill. The prize also includes a hamper packed with Sacla’ and other authentic Italian foods, plus a copy of The Painter, the Cook and L’Arte di Sacla’ signed by leading Italian food writer Anna Del Conte.


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