Food & Drink

Brighton restaurant backs young food writers

Gary Hart January 15, 2016

Brighton’s award-winning Indian Summer restaurant is backing this year’s Guild of Food Writers’ competition to discover the country’s most promising young food writers.

Indian Summer

Aimed at aspiring young writers who have a real interest in food and writing, the annual Write It competition is open to all young people aged 11 to 18.

The competition invites entrants to submit a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food-related subject. It can be a simple, descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired their interest in food, a restaurant review, or a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers’ market or food shop. Alternatively it can be a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates the young writer.

Indian Summer is inviting local schools’ in the Brighton and Hove area to nominate the best examples of food writing from two pupils and will then invite the authors of 12 short-listed entries to review a complimentary lunch in April, which can then be entered into the Guild’s Write It competition.

The deadline for entries, which should be around 750 words, is May 9.

To download an entry form, click here:

The winner will be announced in early June and will receive a library of the books short-listed for the 2016 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards. They will also enjoy a visit to delicious magazine’s test kitchen, and the winning piece will be published on

The three judges are all distinguished members of the Guild of Food Writers: food writer and authors Seb Emina and Felicity Cloake and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. Magazine. Judges will be looking for impressive writing skills as well as an understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.

Minesh Agnihotri
Minesh Agnihotri

Indian Summer’s co owner Minesh Agnihotri, said: “Hopefully we can help encourage a wider understanding of food issues and help launch the budding career of future food writers”.

“We are encouraging English and food technology teachers to incorporate an entry into a homework assignment.”

“Anyone looking to embark on a writing career or study English at college or university, will need a portfolio of published work. Blogging and restaurant review websites offer excellent opportunities to hone their literary skills”.

To enter, teachers just need to email pieces of work written work, in their opinion, from two of their pupils to:

Indian Summer was recently named Restaurant of the Year (South Coast) at this year’s Asian Curry Awards and has also been named one of the UK’s Top 10 Indian restaurants to be found outside London by the respected Harden’s restaurant guide.