2016 Galliova Food and Health Writers’ Awards highlight emerging Journalist and artistic talent

Drum magazine’s Hope Malau has been named the Galliova Food Writer of the Year in the weeklies/newspapers category. Taking top honours alongside him was Louisa Holst of Ideas/Idees, who was awarded the Galliova Food Writer of the Year title in the magazine category. The winners received their awards at the 2016 Galliova Food and Health Writers Award ceremony, hosted at Youngblood in Cape Town on Friday, 21 October 2016.

This year’s awards emphasised the importance of supporting emerging food and health writers, and it was with much anticipation that Nomvuselelo Mncube of Food & Home Entertaining was awarded the Galliova Up and Coming Food Writers Award. Also honoured at the ceremony was Salomé Delport and Vickie de Beer, both of Rooi Rose magazine, who walked away with the Galliova Health Writer of the Year Award and Galliova Egg Champion Award for the most creative use of eggs and visually appealing egg-related visuals respectively.

The theme of this year’s awards was ‘the art of food and health writing’, and entrants were expected to showcase fresh, new approaches to editorials featuring eggs.
Charlotte Nkuna, senior SAPA executive, who addressed guests at the awards ceremony, said this theme had been incorporated into various elements of this year’s ceremony, including the innovative venue.

She told guests SAPA had heeded the call from food and health writers on several fronts, including the need for a Galliova awards event with a difference and increased emphasis on and support for young journalists working in these two areas.

“We received many requests that this year’s event be different. Today’s venue not only symbolises art, but it also embraces the youthfulness, edginess and newness that is so much a part of what South Africa is all about today. Youngblood is not just any art gallery, but a hub for up and coming artists that aims to act as a springboard so that they can ultimately become self-sustainable,” Nkuna told guests. “On the topic of up and coming talent, this is something we have placed great emphasis on this year. Feedback from younger journalists indicated they felt they couldn’t compete with the exceptional levels of food and health writing from our more experienced journalists. One of the objectives of the 2016 Galliova Awards Committee was to increase the number of entrants in the Up and Coming category, and we are happy to confirm that this has increased. Thanks to the many experienced journalists and past Galliova winners who are mentoring and encouraging these younger journalists.”

Assessing the entries this year were judges Sumien Brink, editor-in-chief of VISI and Plascon SPACES magazines; Dorah Sitole, former editor and food editor of True Love magazine and cook book author; Anna Montali, former food and deputy editor of Food & Home Entertaining; Marco Torsius, managing director of El-Azaar Poultry Farm in Bloemfontein and a member of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) committee; consultant dietitian Madeleine de Villiers; and emeritus associate professor in nutrition and dietetics and part-time consultant, Martinette Stretch.

The Galliova Awards are now in their 27th year, and regarded as South Africa’s largest and most prestigious annual food and health journalism awards. They honour the country’s outstanding food writers for their excellence in food writing, food styling and the overall promotion of SA’s food culture as well as local health writers for their writing excellence and balanced reporting on health and nutrition issues.

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