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Applications invited for 2019 Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia


Hosted by the Oxford Cultural Collective, the Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia is one of the UK’s most generous food-writing bursaries. 


Applications are now invited for the 2019 Award.


The award winner will be an emerging writer who has the ability to enhance our understanding and appreciation of Asian food culture.

The panel of judges consists of Fuchsia Dunlop, food writer and world-authority on Chinese cuisine; David Thompson, renowned cookery writer and Chef Proprietor of Nahm in Bangkok; Carol Michaelson, curator of Chinese Art at the British Museum and freelance writer on Chinese art; Paul Bloomfield, chef, corporate and private caterer and Patron of the Oxford Cultural Collective; and Donald Sloan, Chair of the Oxford Cultural Collective.

The Yan-Kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia honours the legacy of Yan-Kit So (1933-2001), one of the most acclaimed writers on Chinese food. A passionate promoter of Asian food, her first book, The Classic Chinese Cookbook, won an André Simon Award and a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award. Her seminal work, Classic Food of China, made a major contribution to the understanding of Chinese regional food cultures.

The aim of the Award is to support travel and research costs associated with producing an original work intended for publication in print or electronic form, for the English speaking world. This could be a cookery book, or maybe a substantial article for a magazine or journal.

The maximum value of the award will be £2500, with the actual sum reflecting likely costs

Applicants must reside in the UK and must not have already published a cookery book.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2019.


For full details on terms and condition and to download an entry form, follow this link.


Questions should be addressed to Betty Yao, Chair of Yan-Kit So Award Advisory Panel at YKSAward@gmail.com


The Yan-Kit So Award is administered by the Yan-Kit So Award Advisory Panel and generously supported by Paul Bloomfield (Patron of the Oxford Cultural Collective). 

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