Irish Food Writing Awards 2022: Two Irish Times columnists win prizes

This year’s judges included the chef René Redzepi, the food writers Jay Rayner, Trish Deseine and Xanthe Clay, and the wine writer Fiona Beckett

The Irish Times writers Corinna Hardgrave and Lilly Higgins have been named restaurant writer and cookery writer of the year at the second annual Irish Food Writing Awards.

Corinna Hardgrave has been reviewing restaurants for The Irish Times since 2020; she now also writes a weekly takeaway review, highlighting the best places around Ireland for food on the move or that deliver to your door.

Lilly Higgins, who also won the inaugural cookery-writing award, last year, has been an Irish Times columnist since 2014. Her latest column, Spend Less, Eat Well, focuses on budget-friendly recipes for all the family.

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The awards were presented on Thursday evening at Fallon & Byrne in Dublin, with 75 finalists from across the country in attendance.

Established by the journalist Suzanne Campbell and her colleague Paul O’Conner to “recognise excellence and the hard work of writers and food media”, the awards cover 20 categories, including cookbooks, feature writing, drinks writing, blogging, podcasting, photography and social-media content. This year’s judges included the chef René Redzepi, the food writers Jay Rayner, Trish Deseine and Xanthe Clay, and the wine writer Fiona Beckett.

Irish Food Writing Awards 2022: All the winners

Irish food producers Caroline Hennessy

International cuisines Jordan Mooney

Cookbook of the year Blasta Books Series One

Investigative writing Niall Sargent

Beer writing John Duffy

Emerging voice in Irish food writing John Mulgrew

Outstanding achievement award Kristin Jensen

Irish food magazine/supplement award Food & Wine

Irish food or drink podcast That’s Bangin’ Podcast, Marcus O’laoire And Chris Mellon

Food writing award Kate Ryan

Irish food blog award The Irish Food Guide, Zack Gallagher

Cookery writing award Lilly Higgins

Cookery writing award Jess Murphy

Writing on sustainability in Irish food award Niall Sargeant

Food photography (professional) Katie Quinn

Food photography (amateur) Macu Higueras

Culinary student award Anissa Mokhtari

Irish food on Instagram/TikTok award Dublin Foodie Twins

Restaurant writing award Corinna Hardgrave

Wine writing award Susan Boyle

Drinks writing award Aoife Carrigy