Young Food Writer of the Year Competition 2022 – Call for Entries

The Guild of Food Writers and The Week Junior are looking for the Young Food Writer of the Year 2022

The Guild of Food Writers and The Week Junior together with new sponsor, Sacla', are delighted to announce the Young Food Writer of the Year competition for aspiring, young food writers. The competition, which is now open for entries, encourages children from three age groups (10 and under, 11–14 and 15–18) to get their creative juices flowing by submitting a piece of writing inspired by food.


The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Food fit for a queen’ and we’re looking forward to celebrating with the winners and the judges in a special way later in the year at the Guild of Food Writers 25th Awards Ceremony at the Royal Institution in London on Wednesday 22 June.


The competition is now open and the closing date is Friday 30 April. To enter please visit the competition website


Food Fit for a Queen: what a perfect subject for 2022


Xanthe Clay (food columnist and author and one of this year’s judges) says:

'What would you cook for great queens of history? Queen Victoria insisted on bone marrow on toast for tea every day, but I wonder what Eleanor of Aquitaine or Arraweelo enjoyed: there’s the chance to do some original research. Or your queen might never have worn a crown: is it your grandmother, or a special teacher? My cat is the most regal being that I know, I wonder what she’d eat if she was human.’


Samuel Goldsmith (food copy editor, BBC Good Food & Olive and vice chair, Guild of Food Writers) says:

‘There is no better time for this theme than this incredibly special jubilee year. I’m looking forward to reading about the food, the characters and the creativity that the young people entering will deliver.’


The Competition


The Young Food Writer of the Year competition (formerly Write It) was established in 2008. It is the only national food writing competition in the UK for children. It has seen prestigious names from the Guild’s membership judge entries from more than 1,200 aspiring food writers.


The Judges


This year’s judges are:

Karen Barnes, editorial director of award-winning delicious. magazine.


Xanthe Clay, food columnist, author and former Guild president.


Stefan Gates, award-winning documentary maker, TV presenter and author.


Samuel Goldsmith, food copy editor, BBC Good Food and Olive and vice chair, Guild of Food Writers.


Vanessa Harriss, managing editor of The Week Junior magazine.


Ben Isaacs, features editor of The Week Junior magazine.


Yotam Ottolenghi, restaurateur, author and columnist.


Tom Parker Bowles, food writer and food critic.


Kalpna Woolf, TV producer, cookery book writer and Guild member.


The Week Junior’s editor Vanessa Harriss says: ‘The Week Junior is delighted to team up once again with the Guild of Food Writers to host this fantastic competition, showcasing young people's creativity and love of food. We know that our readers are a very talented bunch, and we cannot wait to find out what they come up with.


Guild of Food Writers Chair Charlotte Pike shares Vanessa’s enthusiasm for this partnership: ‘The Guild of Food Writers is delighted to partner with The Week Junior again on our Young Food Writer of the Year Competition for the fourth consecutive year, and the 15th year for this important competition, the only one of its kind recognizing the writing talent of our future food writers. This year, we are also supported by sponsorship from Saclà. We are particularly excited about this special year for the competition, marking the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Each year, the judges have the immense pleasure of reading the many wonderful entries we receive, from talented and passionate children, making us all laugh, cry and become immersed in their writing. The competition has grown from year to year, and we can't wait to read this year's entries.’


The competition is now open and the closing date is Friday 30 April. To enter please visit the competition website


The Guild of Food Writers team responsible for the competition are: Sally Brown (, Katie Caldesi ( and Lorna Wing.


About Sacla'


Truly, madly, deeply Italian food is a way of life for Sacla'. They’ve been making real Italian food with care, flair and love for over three generations, and are still owned and run by the same family. Sacla' recipes are made with the freshest ingredients, respecting the seasons, and using local produce wherever possible, and these values are at the heart of the business.


Clare Blampied, Managing Director of Sacla UK, says ‘We’re determined to leave the world in a better place than we found it and positively transform the lives of future generations, and our sponsorship of the ‘The Guild of Young Food Writers Competition’ is one of the many initiatives we’ve taken to help us do just that.’



About The Week Junior


The Week Junior is an award-winning magazine which aims to make sense of the world for young people. Since its inception in 2015 it has grown from strength-to-strength to become a market leader in the UK, offering a blend of thoughtful, inspiring and trustworthy news and current affairs stories which inform, empower and entertain children up and down the country every week.