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Guild of Food Writers Announces Young Food Writer Of The Year

Fourteen-year-old Rutina Samuel scoops the 2014 title for her piece, 'Little Ethiopia'.
The Guild of Food Writers has awarded 14-year-old Rutina Samuel from Norfolk the prestigious title of Young Food Writer of The Year. In this year's Write It Competition, Rutina fought off stiff competition from many aspiring young food writers.
The annual competition, organised by the Guild of Food Writers, is open to entrants aged up to 18 years old. Entrants were asked to write a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food-related subject.
The judges Stefan Gates, Joan Ransley and Karen Barnes were unanimous in their verdict on Rutina’s piece Little Ethiopia. They described the feature as ‘a lucid, emotionally sensitive, autobiographical piece of writing with a strong voice.’ The judges loved the structure of the piece and one judge said ‘This piece of writing speaks to me! The description of Injera and Wat is detailed and interesting. I feel inspired to eat the food described. I get a sense of place from this writing. Heart warming and a lovely piece of writing.’
Rutina’s prize includes all the books shortlisted for the 2014 Guild of Food Writers Awards, as well as the opportunity to have her entry published on the delicious magazine website and to have a trip to the delicious test kitchen.
The judges also highly commended:
Thomas Moore (aged 15) from London. His piece was called Tastes and Memories and the judges praised his ‘extensive vocabulary and … sophisticated appreciation of food for a young person.’ The judges felt ‘his writing voice has great “tone”, reads well and avoids clichés.’
Abby Busuttil (aged 14) from Lancashire. The judges felt that her feature Wow! was ‘a powerful piece of writing’ The judges loved the ‘provocative, arresting language’ and ‘great descriptions.’
Read Rutina’s winning entry here
Read Thomas’s entry here
Read Abby’s entry here
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