Entries are now open for the inaugural Irish Food Writing Awards, with chefs, food writers, and bloggers, all encouraged to submit their applications.

The Irish Food Writing Awards were established to recognise and celebrate the high quality of food and drink writing from throughout the island of Ireland, across print, broadcast and online.

Entries are being accepted via http://www.irishfoodwritingawards.ie. In all categories, entries are accepted from the nominees themselves or by a third party and are open to writers, journalists, bloggers and photographers. Entries are open until 31st May.

The award ceremony will be held online in September. Once restrctions allow, the organisers will adopt a more traditioanl format of judging meetings and a Gala Awards Ceremony each autumn.

The awards are curated by Suzanne Campbell along with Paul O’Connor, a food publicist and former restaurateur. “We’ve had food businesses call us right at the beginning wanting to support the awards and be involved; the support has been fantastic. During the pandemic in particular writers and food journalists worked hard in getting positive news out there on the food sector and how it was continually adapting to change, and many food companies want to reward the important role that bloggers, journalists and the media play in the food sector here.”

This is the first year of the awards, and organisers welcome the support shown by category sponsors Aldi Ireland, Bord Bia, Invest NI, The Irish Curry Awards, James Whelan Butchers, the National Dairy Council, Pestle + Mortar, Safco Fine Foods and Whelehan’s Wines.

Confirmed judges include René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen; writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner; and The Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett. The members of the Irish Food Writers Guild will judge the Emerging Food Writer category. Some opportunities for sponsorship remain.

The full list of categories is as follows:

  • Restaurant Writing, judged by Tom Parker Bowles and Xanthe Clay
  • Recipe Writing, judged by Trish Deseine and Esterelle Payany
  • Drinks Writing, sponsored by Whelehan’s Wines,
  • Wine writing judged by Fiona Beckett and Marie Dominque Bradford
  • Spirits writing judged by Colman Andrews and Rachel McCormack
  • Beer writing judged by Richard Croasdale and Robb Walsh
  • Food Writing/Feature Article, sponsored by Bord Bia, judged by Valentine Warner and Adrian Miller
  • Writing on Sustainability in Irish Food, sponsored by the National Dairy Council, judged by Rene Redzepi and Catherine Mack
  • Writing on Irish Food Producers, sponsored by Aldi Ireland, judged by Mark Hix
  • Investigative Writing, judged by Joanna Blythman
  • Writing on International Food in Ireland, sponsored by the Irish Curry Awards
  • Food Magazine or Supplement, sponsored by Invest NI, judged by Catherine Pike
  • Cookbook of the Year, judged by Jay Rayner and Dr Annie Gray
  • Food Photographer of the Year, judged by Joann Pai
  • Food Broadcast or Podcast, sponsored by Safco Fine Foods, judged by Nigel Barden
  • Online Food Writing; this includes blogs and social media, sponsored by Pestle + Mortar, judged by Andy Clarke
  • Emerging Food Writer of the Year, judged by members of the Irish Food Writers Guild
  • Outstanding Contribution to Irish Food Writing, sponsored by James Whelan Butchers

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