M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing
The Winners Are...

LDEI’s M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing

The 2018 Winners for All Categories
The winners for the 2018 M.F.K. Fisher Awards program have been announced in all categories. Read all of the winning entries by clicking here

The M.F.K. Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing, presented annually, honor Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, a widely read and lauded culinary writer. Before her death in 1992, MFK Fisher personally gave her permission to Les Dames d’Escoffier International to present awards in her name. For more information about her, go to www.mfkfisher.com, a site maintained by LDEI.

For each of the three categories below, three cash prizes and certificates will be awarded: $500 to the category winner, $100 for second prize, and $50 for third prize, making a total of nine cash prizes. An additional $500 (USD) will be awarded to the grand-prize winner judged to be the best of the three category winners (totaling $1000). The grand-prize winner will also receive round trip (coach class) airfare to the conference city to receive her honor in person (mandatory) at the awards presentation during the opening general session. 

• Book Award
• Print Award (newspaper and magazine entries)
• Internet Award

The goals of the awards are:
• To honor the accomplishments of MFK Fisher and to showcase her contributions to gastronomy
• To give recognition to a woman who is engaged in significant culinary writing.

From 1992 to 2004, the award recognized and supported a woman in mid-career whose work directly impacted the areas of food, beverage, and arts of the table.

In 2006, the M.F.K. Fisher Awards program was completely redesigned. The award now recognizes excellence in culinary writing. Women in the United States, Canada, and the British Isles are eligible to be nominated for the award. For information on the awards program, click on the links below.

M.F.K. Fisher Award Recipients:

2018 Grand-Prize Winner

Elaine T. Cicora (Cleveland), a freelance writer and editor, has been cooking and writing from her home in Northeast Ohio for the past 45 years. Her winning story, "Me and Chef Boyardee," published in the summer 2017 issue of Edible Cleveland, is about how Ettore Boiardi (“Chef Boyardee”), Cleveland’s first celebrity chef, influenced Cicora’s career. During her 10-year tenure as restaurant critic and food writer for the Cleveland alt-weekly Scene, she helped usher in the city’s now-stellar food scene. In the process, she snagged awards from the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Food Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and more. She has been a member of the Cleveland chapter of LDEI for 10 years.




2017 Grand-Prize Winner

Sandra Gutierrez of Cary, North Carolina, is the grand-prize winner and Internet Categorywinner of LDEI’s 2017 M.F.K. Fisher Awards. She is the author of four books, the former food editor of The Cary News, a freelance food writer, and a cooking instructor. Her articles and recipes have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world. Her winning story, “A Voice from the Nuevo South,” is about the Latino population's influence on Southern food and the Guatemalan author's personal insight into assimilation, discrimination, and the birth of food trends. 



2016 Grand-Prize Winner

Dianne Jacob Dianne Jacob of Oakland, California., a writing coach, editor, and author of the "The Meaning of Mangoes," has been selected as the 2016 grand-prize winner and the internet category winner. Her winning article, chosen from among 80 entries, is about her parents longing for mangoes after they escaped the Communist revolution in China. Her article was posted on Lucky Peach, David Chang's Internet magazine at luckypeach.com



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