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£3000 Geoffrey Roberts travel award open

Applications are now open for the international Geoffrey Roberts Award annual travel award worth £3,000 or US$6,000.

Applicants can be any age or nationality and can go anywhere.

One of last year’s joint winners was Florida geography teacher Richard Villadoniga who toured the United States to raise awareness of endangered American foodstuffs.

His tour and subsequent writings can be seen at www.eat-american.com. He now writes on traditional American foods for four publications.

The other winner, Jock Brandis, is also American. His money has been spent in rural communities in Southern Sudan where the Universal Nut Sheller, a simple machine designed by his Full Belly Project which needs no energy other than manpower, has helped villagers to add value to their most significant crop.

The winner will be chosen by the a panel of judges including Neville Abraham CBE, Sally Clarke of Clarke’s restaurant in London, food writer Jill Dupleix, wine merchant Willie Lebus, food writer Nicholas Lander and wine writer Jancis Robinson OBE. The winners will be informed by the end of May 2008.

The Award is financed by a charitable trust established in 1996 in memory of the UK’s pioneer importer of non-European wines. The application deadline is 31 March 2008.

Application forms are available at www.geoffreyrobertsaward.com

Written by Decanter staff

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