The Sophie Coe Prize

The world's best prize for writing on food history

2014 Winners Announced

The Sophie Coe Prize 2014 was awarded at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery on Saturday 12th July.

Van Dyk makes his acceptance speech (with Jane Levi and Andrew Coe behind)

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.

To read the winning essays visit the Winners page, where you can also read the full Judges’ Report.

Sophie Coe Prize 2014 – time’s up

The entry period for 2014’s Sophie Coe Prize is now closed, and the judges will commence their deliberations. They have a record-breaking number of varied and fascinating entries to consider, so their task will be a pleasurable – but not a quick or easy – one. Happy reading to them!

The winner will be announced and the prize presented at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery over the weekend of the 11th – 13th July. Full details will be released here with suitable fanfare immediately afterwards.

Thanks to everyone that entered, and the very best of luck to you all.

Sophie Coe Prize 2014 – one week to go!

The 2014 Sophie Coe Prize closes in one week’s time. All entries, submitted in the forms stated in the Guidelines on our  How to Enter page, must reach us by midnight GMT on 9th May 2014.

There is still time to finish your work and get it to us – don’t miss out on the chance to win this year’s Prize.

Good luck!

Sophie Coe Prize 2014 – two weeks left

There are just two weeks left before the closing date for the 2014 Sophie Coe Prize. There is still time to get organised!

Check the Guidelines on the How to Enter page, and make sure you are clear on what you need to do. Remember – we need to receive all entries in the form stated in the Guidelines on or before 9th May 2014 in order for your work to go forward to be judged.

Don’t miss your chance to join what we hope will be another strong field competing for the prize.

Sophie Coe Prize 2014 – one month to go

There’s one more month to go before the 2014 Sophie Coe Prize submissions must all be in: the deadline for receipt of entries is 9th May 2014. Whether your submission is almost ready or you’re only just getting started, now would be a good time to make sure you have read the How to Enter page in detail. Do make sure you are aware of and following all of the guidelines closely – our judges take note of all the details.

Good writing – and we look forward to receiving your entries as soon as you are ready.

Sophie Coe Prize in food history 2014

The submission deadline for entries for this year’s Sophie Coe Prize in food history is Friday 9th May 2014. This year there will be a single prize of £1,500. Follow us (button at the bottom of the page) to receive updates and reminders about submitting your entry as the deadline approaches!

As usual, the winner will be chosen by an anonymous panel of distinguished judges and awarded to an an original, informative essay or article that embodies new research or provides new insights into some aspect of food history. Published and unpublished work of up to 10,000 words may be submitted. If the former, it must have been published within the last 12 months of the submission deadline. If the latter, it must be in immediately publishable form.

For full details please read our How to Enter page carefully. Entries must comply with all of the guidelines in order to be considered. You can also take some inspiration from our previous winners. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to apply for this prestigious and generous prize.

Sophie Coe Prize 2013 – winners announced

On Saturday 6 July the winners of the 2013 Sophie Coe Prize were announced at the plenary session of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.

Our congratulations go to Barak Kushner, this year’s winner, for Slurping Towards Modernity: The Birth of an Iconic Japanese National Dish. This fascinating, well-researched history of the complex factors in the rise of ramen during Japan’s quest for modernisation was full of enthusiasm and interest. Drawn from otherwise unavailable sources, this was the obvious choice for our judges, and deservedly takes the £1,500 prize.

The judges also enjoyed Paul Brewin’s The Dutch Way; Dutch Recipes in English Cookery Books of the 17th and 18th Centuries, which used a wide range of sources to ask a question not usually addressed in studies of European cuisine – what about the Dutch? The judges Highly Commended this impressive piece.

David BerissRed Beans and Rebuilding: an Iconic Dish, Memory and Culture In New Orleans also stood out as a rich and wide-ranging ethnography drawn from an imaginative variety of sources, and was Commended.

We thank everyone who entered this year, and celebrate our winners. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating them, and encourage an even wider range of entries next year. Follow this blog to stay up to date!

Sophie Coe Prize 2013 – closing date today

Today is the closing date for this year’s Sophie Coe Prize entries. Everything must be submitted as per the guidelines on the How to Enter page by midnight GMT today, 1 May 2013.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry. Everything is now in the hands of the judges, who will deliberate and debate the merits of all the entries over the next two months. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery on Saturday 6 July 2013. And, of course, the good news will be posted here too.

If you missed out this year make sure you bookmark our page, or (even easier) ‘follow’ us so that you get the earliest possible warning of the conditions and deadline for the Prize in 2014.

Sophie Coe prize entries 2013 – one week to go

The 2013 Sophie Coe Prize closes in one week’s time. All entries, submitted in the forms stated in the Guidelines on our  How to Enter page, must reach us by midnight GMT on 1 May 2013.

There is still time to finish your work and get it to us – don’t miss out on the chance to win this year’s Prize.

Good luck!

Sophie Coe Prize entries 2013 – two weeks to go

There are just two weeks left before the closing date for entries to the 2013 Sophie Coe Prize. There is still time to get organised!

Check the Guidelines on the How to Enter page, and make sure you are clear on what you need to do. Remember – we need to receive all entries in the form stated in the Guidelines on or before 1 May 2013 in order for your work to go forward to be judged.

We are hoping for a really strong field this year – so do get your entry in to us in time.

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