The Irish Writing Awards have just announced their list of finalists for the category of Best Irish Food Podcast and we are delighted that two of our HeadStuff Podcast Network shows are in the running for the top prize! That’s Bangin’ and Spice Bags join Chew The Fat in a fight to gain the honour of becoming the first podcast to claim the title of Best Irish Food Podcast.
This is the inaugural year for The Irish Food Writing Awards, finally giving food writers, broadcasters, podcasters and journalists a place where their work can be celebrated and held in high esteem for national praise and critique.
“We are delighted to be nominated for best podcast at the Irish Food Writing Awards, alongside some other great names in our industry,” said Chris Mellon from That’s Bangin’
“That’s Bangin’ is a podcast about food & drink, but also about the great stories and memories people have through their experiences cooking or eating in restaurants.
We speak to some of the best chefs in the country and also to people who are just passionate about food. All of this while trying to keep it from being a straight interview, but a really fun and interesting conversation.
Season 2 has recently launched and the feedback has been incredible. Between that, some super exciting unreleased plans and now this nomination, myself and Marcus are truly grateful.”
Mei Chin from Spice Bags also commented “We are three friends who love food, Ireland, culture, and chats. However, what brought us together was a passion for the international people who are helping to shape what makes Irish food and Irish culture so vibrant today. We are thrilled to be nominated, but it was HeadStuff that provided us with the platform in which to explore our obsessions in depth, and also an excuse to hang out, bicker, laugh, and learn. We are forever grateful to them.”
Our shows will be judged by a panel of well-known international names from the world of journalism and food. This global panel will include René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner, investigative journalist Joanna Blythman, author and food columnist Trish Deseine, chef and author Richard Corrigan, critic Tom Parker Bowles, founder of Saveur magazine Colman Andrews and The Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett. All of these judges are food broadcasters at the top of their field, who recognise and appreciate the high quality of food journalism and broadcast that can be found in all of the podcasts featured in the finalist shortlist.
The first ceremony will be held online in September due to covid restrictions, with the hopes that each year that follows the show can then adopt a more traditional format of judging meetings and a Gala Awards Ceremony each autumn.
You can listen to the most recent episodes of both That’s Bangin’ and Spice Bags here: