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2023 Jane Grigson Award for new writers on food and drink is open for entries

The Oxford Cultural Collective is proud to support the annual Jane Grigson Trust Award




The 2023 Jane Grigson Trust Award for first time writers of books about food and drink is now open for entries. The judging panel will be made up of: Jimi Famurewa, author, broadcaster and freelance journalist; Jeremy Lee, chef proprietor at Quo Vadis, food writer and trustee of the Jane Grigson Trust; Chetna Makan, food writer; and Linda Challis, trustee of the Jane Grigson Trust. The judging panel will be chaired by Donald Sloan, chair of the Jane Grigson Trust and of the Oxford Cultural Collective.

The £2000 Jane Grigson Trust Award, created in honour of the distinguished British food writer Jane Grigson, is made to a writer new to food and drink writing (although they may have written on other subjects) whose book has already been commissioned by a publishing house but has not yet been published. The intention is that the winner of the Award will use the prize money to fund further travel or research in the vital time between gaining a commission and delivery of the manuscript.

The judges would like to hear from authors, publishers and agents not just of traditional cookbooks but of any books which have food or drink at their heart. In the spirit of Jane Grigson and her writing, the Jane Grigson Trust Award is for a non-fiction book on food and drink in the widest sense, from any genre – cookbook, memoir, travel, history – as long as the primary subject is food or drink. The closing date is 30 November 2022. See below for ‘how to enter’ and ‘rules of entry’.

The 2022 Jane Grigson Trust Award was won by Riaz Phillips for West Winds, which was published by Dorling Kindersley in June 2022. Of his win Riaz says “Winning the Jane Grigson prize been amazing as it has allowed me to discover a community and legacy that appreciates and enjoys the complex history of food that I wasn’t fully aware of. Anybody interested in deeper issues in food can do no better than read any of the books shortlisted over the years.”

Now in its eighth year, the Jane Grigson Trust Award has supported and celebrated many debut food and drink writers. The other previous winners of the Jane Grigson Trust Award are: Gurdeep Loyal for Mother Tongue (2021); Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick for The Seafood Shack (2020); Elly McCausland for The Botanical Kitchen and Dan Saladino for Eating to Extinction (2019 joint winners)Angela Clutton for The Vinegar Cupboard (2018); Vicky Hayward for The New Art of Cookery: A Spanish Friar’s Kitchen Notebook (2017); and Alex Andreou for The Magic Bayleaf (2016).


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