Jane Grigson Trust Award winners Kirsty Scobie & Fenella Renwick outside The Seafood Shack

Huge congratulations to Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick who have scooped the Jane Grigson Trust Award for their first book, The Seafood Shack (pub Nov 2020).Now in its fifth year, the £2000 Jane Grigson Trust Award, created in memory of the distinguished British food writer Jane Grigson, is made to a first-time writer of a book about food or drink which has been commissioned but not yet published. In the spirit of Jane Grigson and her writing, the Award is for a non-fiction book on food and drink in the widest sense, from any genre – cookbook, memoir, travel, history – as long as the primary subject is food or drink. 

About The Seafood Shack

Kirsty and Fenella set up The Seafood Shack in Ullapool on the north west coast of Scotland in 2016, out of frustration at the serious lack of seafood available to eat in their home town despite being its packed with fishermen and fishing boats. The Seafood Shack has built up a strong fanbase and their debut book mixes Kirsty and Fenella’s most popular recipes with a look at the Scottish seafood and fishing industry and a reflection on the lives of the fishermen at its heart. 

Chair of judges of the Jane Grigson Trust Award, Geraldene Holt, comments;

“At the Jane Grigson Trust we believe that food writing can help in times of crisis by providing escapism, solace and perhaps most importantly at the moment, recipe ideas. So we are pleased to be celebrating this genre tonight and welcome these new voices into the community.

‘We are delighted to name Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick as the winners of the Jane Grigson Trust Award for 2020. Drawing on their own experiences of cooking in a shack in the Scottish coastal town of Ullapool, this inspiring book is packed with plenty of simple yet delicious recipes for fish and shellfish that are already wildly popular with their customers.  But Kirsty and Fenella also record their own stories about fishing – its past, present and possibly uncertain future. They not only give readers important insights into what we eat, but also help us to value properly this beautiful wild food from the rich seas that encircle the British isles.”

Kirsty and Fenella say; 

“We are both absolutely overwhelmed to have won the Jane Grigson Award today, especially being up against three inspirational women, Amy, Emily and Miranda.  To have even been shortlisted with these ladies is a privilege.  We couldn’t have done it without the community of Ullapool and our fab customers.  Without you all, there would be no Seafood Shack!  Thank you so much.”

Pre-order The Seafood Shack here