Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards

Awards 2022

In 1972, soon after the death of André Simon, the André Simon Memorial Fund was set up. It was started as a charitable fund by a group of people who felt that the memory of André Simon should be perpetuated. One objective of the Fund is to benefit the public generally in the fields of food and drink, and one of the ways in which the Fund meets this objective is through its Book Awards.

The first two Awards were given to Elizabeth David and Rosemary Hume for their outstanding contribution in the field of food and cooking.


The Trustees of the André Simon Memorial Fund are delighted to announce that they will make awards to the winning authors of new works published in 2022. There are two categories:


For the winner of each category there will be an award of £2000. In addition there will be an award of £1500 in honour of John Avery and the Special Commendation Award of £1500 - both of these are at the discretion of the judges.

The main criteria against which the works are judged are:

  • The work shall contain a substantial proportion of original research and not simply be a re-arrangement of existing material.
  • Great importance will be attached to the educational value of the work.
  • The books chosen are likely to be ones that are pleasurable to read and not just professional text books.
  • The book should be well produced.

The Special Commendation will be awarded to one of the short-listed books in either the food or drink category. The book may be on a specific subject considered too specialised for the main award. It may also be a book with a limited life such as a guide or similar book. The John Avery Award is in the gift of the trustees.

When judging the books the Trustees have the help and advice of two independent assessors. In 2022 Fozia Ismail has kindly agreed to assess the food books and Matt Walls will assess the drink books.

Judging will be in the hands of the Trustees. The Trustees' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Authors/Publishers who wish to submit a book for consideration should forward a copy to the Chairman, to each of the Trustees, to the Secretary of the Fund, and to the Assessor for the category in which the book is entered. All the names and addresses for the books will be forwarded on request to Katie Lander An entry form should be completed for each book and sent to Katie either with the book or via email.

It is requested that a copy of each short-listed book is donated to the André Simon Library at the Guildhall.

Closing date for submissions is, 26 November 2022. In order to give the Trustees and Assessors time to assess the books properly it is requested that the books are submitted as early as practical and, if possible, well before the closing date.

The long list will be announced in early December 2022 followed by a short list at the end of January 2023. The awards will be presented toward the end of March 2023.

2022 Assessors
This year's assessor for the food books, Fozia Ismail, is a scholar, cook and founder of Arawelo Eats, a platform for exploring politics, identity and colonialism through East African food. She has worked with a range of cultural institutions on links between food, power and empire in the arts including London School of Economics, Museum of London, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, National Trust, Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic and Arnolfini. When not critically eating her way through life's messiness she can be found plotting with dhaqan collective, a Somali feminist art collective based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. Fozia Ismail
Matt Walls will be judging the drink books. Matt is an award-winning freelance wine writer, author and consultant who contributes to various UK and international publications such as Imbibe, Club Oenologique and Decanter, where he is a contributing editor. He also helps restaurants develop exceptional wine lists, judges wine and food competitions and presents trade and consumer tastings and masterclasses. He is Panel Chair for the Rhône at the Decanter World Wine Awards. His latest book Wines of the Rhône was shortlisted for the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards 2022. Matt Walls