Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards

Awards 2014

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 Andre 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 2014 FOOD AND DRINK BOOK AWARDS

The Trustees of the André Simon Memorial Fund announce that they will make awards to the winning authors of new works published in 2014. There are two categories:

FOOD
WINE, DRINKS and BEVERAGES

For the winner of each category there will be an award of £2000 and also £200 for each short-listed book. In addition there will be an award of £1500 in honour of John Avery and the Special Commendation Award of £1500.

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 2014 Annie Bell has kindly agreed to assess the food books and Julian Barnes 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 are on the Contact Us page of this website. An entry form should be completed for each book and sent to Katie Lander, the Secretary to the fund.

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 Friday, 21 November 2014. 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 short-list will be announced in mid December 2014 and the Awards presented in March 2015.

Rory O'Connell, Food Winner 2013
Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino , Drink Winner 2013
Maria Elia, Special Commendation 2013
Simon Hopkinson, John Avery Award 2013