About the Prize

The Sophie Coe Prize is the longest-running and most generous prize for writing in food history in the English language, given once a year for an essay or article of up to 10,000 words on any aspect of the history of food. First awarded in 1995, the prize was founded in memory of Sophie Coe, the eminent food historian who died in 1994, by her husband Michael Coe and their friend Alan Davidson.

The prize is managed and administered by the trustees of the Sophie Coe Memorial Fund, a charity registered in England & Wales. The winner is chosen every year by an anonymous panel of distinguished judges (appointed by the trustees, but independent of them) and awarded to the author of an original, informative article or essay on some aspect of food history that embodies new research or provides new insights.