International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association sponsors an annual writing contest for the best writer in the Emerging Writer category among the non-member community. The writing subjects must be travel, food or wine.
David Gilbert, of San Antonio, Texas, won the IFWTWA 2012 Emerging Writer Scholarship Award for his story, “The American Apprentice,” an engaging and often humorous account of his stint as an apprentice in a high-end Amsterdam restaurant.
Today, Gilbert is an Executive Chef. Inspiration for his story came from the hard knocks he endured and the respect he earned at the dawn of his culinary career.
“Writing, traveling, cooking and (lets be honest) eating are passions that fuel my inner soul every day,” says Gilbert. “I have recently published my first book (Kitchen Vagabond, published by Infinity Publishing), and as a new author I am looking forward to fulfilling my ambition to write a second book.”
Gilbert’s award includes a one-year membership in IFWTWA with all regular member benefits and a cash prize.
“Chef Gilbert is at the beginning of what promises to be a successful writing career,” says Maralyn Hill, IFWTWA President. “I am very happy IFWTWA can play an active role in supporting his efforts to advance in the industry.”
The Emerging Writer second place winner was Isabella Zampetaki of Athens, Greece; Mariah Douglas of Dayton, Ohio, took third place.
Watch for “An American Apprentice” by David Gilbert on IFWTWA’s online publication Global Writes in January 2013. For more information about Gilbert and his work, visit his website at www.beyondthekitchen.com.
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