Jeremy Mogford Award for Food & Drink Writing

I was recently delighted to receive the inaugural Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing, run by the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival in association with Oxford Gastronomica. More than 400 entries were received from 15 countries for the award.

I was awarded the prize for my story, A Dish of Chocolate Ice Cream, at a gourmet dinner at the beautiful Gee’s Restaurant in Oxford, as a highlight of the Oxford Literary Festival. The evening was attended by many of the country’s finest chefs and food writers including Raymond Blanc, Madhur Jaffrey, Atul Kochhar and Claudia Roden, as well as authors including Booker Prize winner Ben Okri.

The panel of judges was made up of Prue Leith (writer, journalist & cookery expert), Donald Sloan, (Director of Hospitality at Oxford Brookes University), Roma Tearne  celebrated author) & of course Jeremy Mogford himself. Hotelier Jeremy Mogford was inspired to offer the award after the success of his son Thomas, who is now an established author of crime fiction, and also as a celebration of the fabulous food, drink & hospitality offered by the Mogford hotels and restaurants.

Donald Sloan, head of Oxford School of Hospitality Management, and one of the judges, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the entries. It has been fascinating to read such diverse works of fiction, all of which reveal something about the complex roles that food and drink play in our lives. With Jeremy Mogford’s very generous support, this competition will encourage established and aspiring writers from around the world.”

There’s a link here to the story, if you would like to read it for yourself!!
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