We are utterly delighted to announce that Simon Wroe has won a Betty Trask Award for his fantastically funny and inventive debut Chop Chop. The prize, worth £5,000 for each of the three winners, was awarded last night at a ceremony held by the Society of Authors. The Betty Trask Awards are given to authors under the age of 35 for a first novel of outstanding literary merit.
Two months behind on his rent, young graduate Monocle swallows his dreams and takes the only job he can find: the lowest-rung chef in a gastropub in Camden. Here he finds himself surrounded by a group of deranged hoodlums (his co-workers) and at the mercy of an ingenious sadist (the head chef, Bob). What follows is a furiously-paced, ribald, raucous and unexpectedly touching tale of loyalty and revenge, dark appetites and fading dreams, and a young man finding his way in the world as he is plunged into the fat and the frying pan and everything else besides.
Gripping, raucous and totally original, Chop Chop is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine.
26 Jun 2015