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Congratulations to all our winners at the Irish Food Writing Awards 2022.

Updated: Oct 27



Congratulations to all our winners at the second Irish Food Writing Awards which took place last night (Thursday 13th October) in Fallon and Byrne in Dublin city centre, with a later reception hosted by the Merrion Hotel in their Cellar Bar. It was an exceptional event for the community of food journalists and writers in Ireland with Blasta Books publisher Kristin Jensen winning not only Cookbook of the Year from Jay Rayner and Annie Gray for her first series of Blasta books but also the Outstanding Achievement award. Over 75 award finalists attended from throughout the island of Ireland, competing for the 20 awards on offer covering Irish food and drink journalism, cookbooks, feature writing, blogging, podcasting, photography and social content. The awards were attended by some of our international judges including the U.S.-based award-winning writer Colman Andrews, writer and columnist at The Telegraph Xanthe Clay, food writer and TV personality Andy Clarke, and Charlotte Pike, Chair of the UK Guild of Food Writers. Other judges included Rene Redzepi, Tom Parker Bowles, Jay Rayner and Fiona Beckett.



Irish Food Writing Awards founder, and journalist Suzanne Campbell, saidWe were overwhelmed with the amount of entries in this, our second year of the awards. It's been a great experience again working with our international judges and Irish food and drink sponsor companies without which the awards couldn't happen. Myself and colleague Paul O’Connor set this up just last year to recognise excellence and the hard work of writers and food media.



Irish Food Writing Award Winners

IRISH FOOD PRODUCERS – Caroline Hennessy

Judged by Diana Henry. Sponsored by Certified Irish Angus

INTERNATIONAL CUISINES – Jordan Mooney

Judged by Anjula Devi. Sponsored by Safco Fine Foods

COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR - Blasta Books Series One

Judged by Jay Rayner and Dr. Annie Gray. Sponsored by Gathered Ireland

INVESTIGATIVE WRITING - Niall Sargent

Judged by Dan Saladino. Sponsored by Drummond House Garlic

BEER WRITING - John Duffy

Judged by Richard Croasdale - Sponsored by BRÚ Brewery

EMERGING VOICE IN IRISH FOOD WRITING - John Mulgrew

Judged by Charlotte Pike. Sponsored by Clayton Hotels

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Kristin Jensen

Sponsored by James Whelan Butcher

IRISH FOOD MAGAZINE/SUPPLEMENT AWARD - Food & Wine

Judged by Esterelle Payany. Sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland

IRISH FOOD OR DRINK PODCAST - That’s Bangin’ Podcast, Marcus O’Laoire and Chris Mellon

Judged by Nigel Barden. Sponsored by Sharon Noonan

FOOD WRITING AWARD - Kate Ryan

Judged by Colman Andrews. Sponsored by Bord Bia

IRISH FOOD BLOG AWARD - The Irish Food Guide, Zack Gallagher

Judged by Bill King. Sponsored by Pestle+Mortar

COOKERY WRITING AWARD - Lilly Higgins

Judged by Trish Deseine. Sponsored by Ardkeen Grocery

COOKERY WRITING AWARD - Jess Murphy

Judged by Trish Deseine. Sponsored by Ardkeen Grocery

WRITING ON SUSTAINABILITY IN IRISH FOOD AWARD - Niall Sargeant

Judged by Rene Redzepi and Catherine Mack

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY (PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY) - Katie Quinn

Judged by Joann Pai

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY (AMATEUR CATEGORY) - Macu Higueras

Judged by Joann Pai

CULINARY STUDENT AWARD - Anissa Mokhtari -Technology University Dublin

Judged by Jess Murphy and Gar Mullins. Sponsored by Kerrygold

IRISH FOOD ON INSTAGRAM/TIKTOK AWARD - Dublin Foodie Twins

Judged by Andy Clarke. Sponsored by Coole Swan

RESTAURANT WRITING AWARD - Corinna Hardgrave

Judged by Xanthe Clay and Tom Parker Bowles. Sponsored by Fallon & Byrne

WINE WRITING AWARD - Susan Boyle

Judged by Fiona Beckett. Sponsored by Whelehan’s Wines

DRINKS WRITING AWARD - Aoife Carrigy

Judged by Rachel McCormack. Sponsored by Powerscourt Distillery


The awards, established in 2021 by Suzanne Campbell with Paul O’Connor, are kindly sponsored by Certified Irish Angus, Safco Fine Foods, Gathered Ireland, Drummond House Garlic, BRÚ Brewery, Clayton Hotels, James Whelan Butcher, Invest Northern Ireland, Sharon Noonan, Bord Bia, Pestle + Mortar, Ardkeen Grocery, Kerrygold, Coole Swan, Fallon & Byrne, Whelehan’s Wines and Powerscourt Distillery. 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 by the nominees themselves, or by a third party and were open to writers, journalists, podcasters, bloggers and photographers.



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