Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards
Welcome to the André Simon Book Awards - the prestigious annual awards for food and drink books.

Submissions can now be forwarded and the criteria, rules and application form can be found under 2015 awards. All the information on where to send the books can be found under entry details. The closing date is 20th November 2015 and the shortlist will be announced in early December.

Pat LlewellynThis year we are delighted to welcome Pat Llewellyn as the assessor for the food books. Pat worked on Sophie Grigson's first television series, Grow Your Greens, Eat Your Greens, in 1993. Three years later she created Two Fat Ladies, which was the first globally successful British cooking show. She went on to discover Jamie Oliver, producing three series of the BAFTA and RTS award winning series The Naked Chef. The books accompanying Jamie's series were a publishing phenomenon, selling millions of copies worldwide. In 2002, Pat won the Glenfiddich Independent Spirit Award in recognition of her progressive and confident approach to food and drink broadcasting. Today, Pat is the CEO of the Optomen Group, with offices in London, New York and Los Angeles. Pat has been responsible for major food series such as The F Word, Heston's Feast, Great British Menu, What to Eat Now, Market Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and many others.

Mimi AveryMimi Avery will be judging the drink books this year. Mimi is the daughter of John Avery MW, one of the founders and long serving trustee of the André Simon Food and Drink Awards, the only one of his four children to be continuing his illustrious career as a wine merchant. After a degree in civil engineering she spent six years at the International Wine and Food Society before joining the family firm Averys in 1999. She has experience of all aspects of Averys, including sales and seven years as a buyer, and is now Brand Ambassador for this world-famous company founded in Bristol in 1793. Almost as widely travelled as her father, she has served as a wine judge all over the world and is a junior liveryman of the Vintners' Company in the City of London.

Publishers are invited to submit books as they are published which enables the trustees and assessors to have more time to read and consider the books. Do try to get your entries in as soon as possible.

If you have any queries please contact Katie Lander, the Fund's organiser, at who will be able to help you.

We look forward to receiving the books for the 2015 awards.



2014 Awards
by Mark Diacono

by Wink Lorch

The John Avery award:
by Paul Keers & Charles Jennings

Special Commendation:
by Julian Baggini

See all Past Award Winners »

"It's astonishing to win this award, especially considering the quality of previous winners - from Nigel Slater to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. It's such a great honour and I'm really bowled over. It's still sinking in."
Mark Diacono - Food Winner 2014

"The quality of the writing this year was outstanding. As a reader, it's been more exciting than ever, while as a trustee the awards get increasingly difficult because the books just keep getting better and better"
Nick Lander - Acting Chairman

"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized."
André Simon

Mark Diacono, Food Winner 2014

Paul Keers & Charles Jennings, John Avery Award 2014

Julian Baggini, Special Commendation 2014

Nicholas Lander & Julian Barnes, Trustee & Drinks Judge 2014