International chefs and food writers fly in to Dublin this week for the inaugural Irish Food Writing Awards, taking place in Fallon and Byrne — followed by the Merrion Hotel — tomorrow, Wednesday 10th November. We’re absolutely thrilled that Easy Food is shortlisted for the Magazine or Food Supplement award, and that our Deputy Editor Jocelyn Doyle is one of the nominees in the Writing On Irish Food Producers category for her monthly column, Eat Ireland.
The international guests are part of a 27-strong judging panel, which includes some of the world’s top names in food and drink such as Rene Redzepi from Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, broadcaster Jay Rayner and The Telegraph’s restaurant critic Tom Parker Bowles. The judges reviewed over 200 entries to the Irish Awards, which were established this year to reward excellence in Irish food and drinks writing, podcasts, online content and photography.
The winners will be announced tomorrow evening, Wednesday 10th November with regular updates on twitter with the hashtag #IFWA21. An award will also be given for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Food & Drink Writing, and the Irish Cookbook of the Year has been chosen by Jay Rayner and Annie Gray from the BBC’s Kitchen Cabinet programme.
Established by Suzanne Campbell with Paul O’Connor, the Awards are sponsored by The National Dairy Council, James Whelan Butchers, Aldi Ireland, Whelehans Wines, Pestle + Mortar Sauces, Bord Bia, Brú Brewery, Drummond House Farm, Safco Fine Foods, Invest Northern Ireland, Powerscourt Distillery, Gather & Gather, Hussey’s Fruit and Vegetables, The Irish Curry Awards, Ardkeen Quality Food Store and Fallon & Byrne. Also kindly supported by Tourism Ireland and hotel partner The Merrion Hotel.
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. In all categories, entries were accepted from the nominees themselves, or by a third party and were open to writers, journalists, bloggers and photographers.