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Write It 2017 – Winners Announced

Sally Brown (23/06/2017)

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The Guild of Food Writers and Pink Lady®
Announce Write It Winners
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Stefan Gates – Write It judge and presenter of CBBC’s Disaster Chefs

Pink Lady® apples and the Guild of Food Writers are delighted to announce the winners of the Guild’s Write It competition for young food writers. This is the first year that the Guild has partnered with Pink Lady® apples supporting the competition and Write It has gone from strength to strength with a record number of entries.

Young and budding food writers were tasked with writing a piece under the theme Partnerships for a chance to win the competition. Entrants were split into three age categories (10 and under, 11 to 14, and 15 to 18) and were encouraged to capture one of their favourite food experiences on the page.

Michelle Toft, chief marketing officer at Pink Lady®, said ‘It has been a pleasure to work with the Guild of Food Writers to promote an award that encourages young, creative minds to think about food in a positive way whilst inspiring the future talent of the food writing industry. We are also thrilled that our first year supporting Write It has had such a brilliant response and a record number of entries.’

The prizes for this year’s winners included having the piece published by The Week Junior or delicious., visits to the offices of those publications, magazine subscriptions and a selection of cookery books from the Guild of Food Writer Awards.
Write It 2017 Results

To read the winning and highly commended entries please click on the names below.

10 years old and under
Winner: Madeleine Watine

Judges comments ‘Madeleine’s piece made me smile – and it isn’t often a piece of food writing does that!’

Highly commended: Matilda Corcoran and Maryam Kassi
11-14 years old
Winner: Anna Hardie

Judges comments: ‘Ioved Anna’s long and rambling love affair with the dish. Evocative and emotional.’

Highly commended: Charlotte Slater and Lily Barkes
15-18 years old
Winner: Ella Mansell

Judges comments: ‘Ella takes a clever angle on her theme and has a nice turn of phrase’

Highly commended: Tommy Moore and Sofia Justham-Bello

Thanks go to our panel of judges (Karen Barnes, Xanthe Clay, Felicity Cloake, Stefan Gates, Diana Henry and Jo Ingleby); the committee members who put so much time into organising it (Sally Brown and Jayne Cross); and most especially to Pink Lady® for helping the Guild focus young people on really engaging with food and thinking about how they write about it.
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From left to right: Karen Barnes, Xanthe Clay and Felicity Cloake

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From left to right: Stefan Gates, Diana Henry and Jo Ingleby

For further information please contact Kyla Flynn or Katy Meehan at MCG PR 0113 307 0113 or email


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