Two Irish Times columnists win Irish Food Writing Awards


Irish Times food critic Corinna Hardgrave won the Food Writing Award at the inaugural Irish Food Writing Awards 2021. Lilly Higgins won the Cookery Writing Award for her work in The Irish Times.

The Food Writing Award was presented by American culinary author Adrian Miller and British author and food writer Sophie Grigson. The Cookery Writing Award judges were Trish Deseine and the French editor of Elle Esterelle Payany magazine.

Lilly Higgins, Culinary Editor for The Irish Times Magazine. Photography: Aidan Crawley

In other awards, Food & Wine magazine won the Magazine or Food Supplement Award, while Mei Chin won the Writing on International Cuisines in Ireland Award for her work in The Irish Times and The Times (UK ).

The awards ceremony took place in Fallon and Byrne in Ireland on November 10th. There were over 200 entries from Irish journalists, writers, bloggers and photographers. Nine of the 27 international judges, including Rene Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, food broadcaster Jay Rayner and Tom Parker Bowles, traveled to Ireland for the awards.

Founder of the awards, journalist Suzanne Campbell said: “This is the first award given to food journalists and editors in Ireland … We were overwhelmed by the number of nominations, the quality of international writers who wanted to be involved in as judges and our corporate sponsors, without which the awards would not have taken place.

“Myself and a colleague Paul O’Connor have implemented this only this year; it’s a non-profit business, and seeing the joy on people’s faces tonight at the awards show was worth all the planning and changes we had to make due to the pandemic. It’s been a tough 18 months for the food industry and for journalists, so it’s a great way to recognize the hard work of food writers and media outlets.

The other winners are:

Food Writing Award Winner – Corinna Hardgrave

Magazine or Food Supplement Award Winner: Food and Wine Magazine

Winner of the Online Writing Award – Caroline Hennessy for

Cookery Writing Award winner: Lilly Higgins for her work in the Irish Times

Written on Irish International Cuisine winner Mei Chin for her work in The Irish Times and The Times (UK)

Food podcast price: Podcast on Dee Laffan, Mei Chin and Blanca Valencia Spice Bags

Redaction on sustainability in Irish food prices: Michelle Darmody for her work in The Examiner

Restaurant writing award: Joe McNamee for his work in The Examiner

Professional Category of Food Photography: Al higgins

Food photography enthusiast category: rosie morgan

Online writing price: Caroline Hennessy for

Written on the Irish Food Producers Award: Katy McGuinness for her work in the Irish Independent

Food Survey Editor’s Award: Niall Sargeant for the work published in

Emerging Voice in Irish Food Writing Award: Maeve L’Estrange for a work published in the Dublin Inquirer

Price of writing on wine: Aoife Carrigy

Spirit Writing Award: Oisin Davis for work published in Food and Wine Magazine

Beer writing award: Breandan Kearney for work published on Good Beer Hunting

Cookbook of the Year Award: “FX Buckley the Dublin Steakhouse” by Katy McGuinness and Stephen Buckley

November is Irish Times Food Month. A special food magazine is published on Friday 12 November, listing Ireland’s top 100 restaurants for 2021, and throughout November you’ll find a wide range of food news and articles in all sections of the newspaper and online at

You can also reach our editors in their home kitchen. Lilly Higgins will welcome readers to her kitchen in Cork throughout the month. Every Monday evening at 6.30 p.m., she cooks the family dish that appears in her column the previous Saturday, on her Instagram IGTV channel. See

On Sundays at 3 p.m., Aoife Noonan hosts weekly interactive masterclasses on Facebook Live on the theme of comfort food classics. See

We have some great prizes up for grabs, including an opportunity to be part of the K Club wine team in 2022. The prize, estimated to be worth over € 10,000, includes accompaniment from the sommelier of the K Club Lisa O’Doherty at wine tastings and entertainment, a trip for two to Bordeaux to visit Barton & Guestier’s Château Magnol, and an afternoon of gastronomy and wine masterclass in The K Club wine cellar for the winner and three friends, with an overnight stay. For more details and to participate, see

There is also a competition to win a four night stay, four dinners for two at the Cliff at Lyons in Co Kildare and the Cliff House hotel in Co Waterford, including reservations for a two star Michelin dinner at Aimsir and Michelin One Star House, as well as The Mill Restaurant at Cliff at Lyons and Restaurant Bar at Cliff House. For more details and to participate, see

To stay up-to-date on all Food Month activities and articles, visit and follow the hashtag #ITFoodMonth


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