The Sophie Coe Prize 2014 was awarded at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery on Saturday 12th July.
With a record-breaking number of entries – 39 – the judges had their work cut out, but were delighted to select a clear winner in Garritt Van Dyk. His essay, ‘Méthode Anglaise: Transnational Exchange and the Origins of Champagne’ impressed them by combining “the twists and turns of a detective story with thorough and deep research to reach a startling conclusion” – that the creation of champagne owed more to British technology than to the legendary Dom Perignon. Garritt Van Dyk is therefore the 2014 winner and was presented with the £1,500 prize by Andrew Coe.
The judges also singled out three further submissions for commendation. Charmaine O’Brien‘s ‘Text For Dinner: Plain food in colonial Australia …or was it?'; Peter Beck’s ‘Tasting a Neighborhood: a Food History of Manhattan’s Lower East Side'; and Anya von Bremzen‘s chapter ‘The Last Days of the Czars’ from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food, Family and Longing.
We heartily congratulate all four of the commended writers.