Mary-Anne Boermans is the winner of this year’s Sophie Coe Prize, for her essay “Life Of Pikelet“. This investigation answers an apparently simple question about English food: what is the difference between a crumpet and a pikelet? and in the process reminds us that in most areas of food history there is no such thing as a simple question. Following these baked goods through centuries and across counties, Boermans essay was praised by the judges for its “originality, thoroughness of research and lucidity of explanation”. She is the worthy winner of this year’s Prize of £1,500.
In a year of 22 entries there were, of course, other strong contenders for the award. Previous winner and many times commendee Anthony Buccini was Highly Commended this year for his essay “Un vrai jambalaya — ‘a real mess’. The Southern French Origins of Louisiana’s Famous Dish and its Surprising Connexions to ‘Hopping John’“; while Hongyan Yang’s “Cooking in the Hmong Cultural Kitchen” was recognised with an Honorouable Mention.
Full details and, where permissions make it possible, copies of the essays, can be read on our Winners page.
Our thanks to all entrants, and our hearty congratulations to all those singled out by our judges, and in particular, to our winner Mary-Anne Boermans.