Indian Summer backs young food writers

Brighton’s Indian Summer to back Young Food Writers

Brighton’s award-winning Indian Summer restaurant is backing this year’s Guild of Food Writers’ competition to discover the country’s most promising young food writers.

Aimed at aspiring young writers who have a real interest in food and writing, the annual Write It competition is open to all young people aged 11 to 18.

The competition invites entrants to submit a non-fiction feature of around 750 words on any food-related subject. It can a simple, descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired their interest in food, a restaurant review, or a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers’ market or food shop. Alternatively it can a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates the young writer.

Indian Summer is inviting local schools’ in the Brighton and Hove area to nominate the best examples of food writing from two pupils.

Indian Summer will then invite the authors of 12 short-listed entries to review a complimentary lunch in April, which can then be entered into the Guild’s Write It competition. The deadline for entries, which should be around 750 words, is 9th May. Entry forms can be downloaded via:

The winner will be announced in early June and will receive a library of the books short-listed for the 2016 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards. They will also enjoy a visit to the delicious magazine’s test kitchen, and the winning piece will be published on

The three of the judges for 2016 are all distinguished members of the Guild of Food Writers: Felicity Cloake, food writer and author; Seb Emina, food writer and author; and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. magazine. They are looking for impressive writing skills as well as an understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.

“Hopefully we can help encourage a wider understanding of food issues and help launch the budding career of future food writers,” said Indian Summer’s co owner Minesh Agnihotri, who added, “We are encouraging English and food technology teachers to incorporate an entry into a homework assignment.

“Anyone one looking embark on a writing career or study English at college or university, will need a portfolio of published work. Blogging and restaurant review websites offer excellent opportunities to hone their literary skills,” said Minesh.

To enter, teachers just need to email the best piece of work written work, in their opinion, from two of their pupils to:

Indian Summer is known for is mix of modern contemporary dishes and authentic regional cuisine based on family recipes, passed down through the generations.

Indian Summer was recently named Restaurant of the Year (South Coast) at this year’s Asian Curry Awards.

The restaurant was also listed in BiBA’s Top 50 Indian restaurants in the country, for the second year running and also picked up a BiBA award for Best Signature Dish.

Indian Summer has also been declared one of the UK’s Top 10 Indian restaurants to be found outside London by the respected Harden’s restaurant guide, which states: “With its ‘modern’ and ‘well-balanced’ cuisine, this Laines fixture offers a ‘totally different’ curry house experience, and attracts not only ‘discerning’ locals but also ‘gastro-tourists down for a racy weekend!’

Editors’ Notes:

Indian Summer was founded in 2001 by Minesh Agnihotri (who gave up a career making medical prosthetics) and Byron Swales (whose family was forced to flee Burma in a wooden plane), with a mission to bring authentic cooking to the pair have assembled a brigade of talented chefs drawn from across the regions to offer truly pan-Indian fine dining.

Outside Catering: For weddings, parties, music festivals and intimate dinner parties, with prix fixé and original menus created to specific requirements.
Cookery Classes: 2 to 3 hour workshops in the comfort of your own kitchen; £120 for 3 courses four up to 4 people including all ingredients and spices.
Private Hire: For cocktail receptions, dinner and buffets.
Opening Times: Monday 6pm – 10.30pm; Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm; Sunday 12.30pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm.
Recent Awards: Asian Curry Awards- Best Indian Restaurant (South Coast), Brighton & Hove Food Awards, AA Rosette, Harden’s Food Guide, Open table Best Restaurant, Cobra Good Curry Guide Top 100, BIBA – Best in Britain Awards Top 50, Best Signature Dish