Brighton’s Indian Summer to back Young Food Writers  


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

chinese foodAimed at aspiring young writers who have a real interest in food and writing, the annualWrite 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 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 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.

Indian Summer 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 9th May.  Entry forms can be downloaded via:

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 the deliciousmagazine’s test kitchen, and the winning piece will be published

The three of the judges for 2016 are all distinguished members of the Guild of Food Writers: Felicity Cloake, food writer and author; Seb Emina, food writer and author; and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. magazine. They are looking for impressive writing skills as well as an understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.

“Hopefully we can help encourage a wider understanding of food issues and help launch the budding career of future food writers,” said Indian Summer’s co owner Minesh Agnihotri, who added, “We are encouraging English and food technology teachers to incorporate an entry into a homework assignment.

“Anyone one looking 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,” said Minesh.

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

Indian Summer is known for is mix of modern contemporary dishes and authentic regional cuisine based on family recipes, passed down through the generations.

Indian Summer was recently named Restaurant of the Year (South Coast) at this year’s Asian Curry Awards.

The restaurant was also listed in BiBA’s Top 50 Indian restaurants in the country, for the second year running and also picked up a BiBA award for Best Signature Dish.

Indian Summer has also been declared one of the UK’s Top 10 Indian restaurants to be found outside London by the respected Harden’s restaurant guide, which states: “With its ‘modern’ and ‘well-balanced’ cuisine, this Laines fixture offers a ‘totally different’ curry house experience, and attracts not only ‘discerning’ locals but also ‘gastro-tourists down for a racy weekend!’


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