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2013 Prize Winner - Emma Seaman

READ ‘A Dish of Chocolate Ice Cream’ online

The winner of the 2013 Mogford Prize was Emma Seaman of East Devon who was presented her award at a dinner at Gee’s Restaurant in Oxford, attended by many of the country’s finest chefs and food writers, including Raymond Blanc, Madhur Jaffrey, Atul Kochhar and Claudia Roden.

A Dish of Chocolate’ is about a chef who presents an elaborate dish to a young woman who visits his restaurant. By choosing his most exquisite courses, the chef finds himself falling in love … until he learns her choice of dessert. What he does not realise is that he is the punchline of a nasty joke.

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Emma, who lives in Devon with her husband and children, has been writing short stories for over ten years and has been published in several anthologies.

She won the top award at the 2009 Wells Literary Festival. Food features a lot in Emma’s writing. She contributes to a website about local food producers and devises recipes from ingredients harvested in Devon. She has just finished a novel, Lookey-Likey.

Food is sensual and anything sensual is easy to write about,’ Emma explained. ‘Food is not just fuel, it’s very immediate.