Our Judges

We are very grateful to our judges, who taste and scrutinise hundreds of products every year, giving valuable feedback.  Our judges are made up of food industry experts from all aspects, from chefs and nutritionists to packaging experts and food technologists. 

If you would be interested in becoming a judge at the Quality Food and Drink Awards 2019 please complete the judging application form here

View our judges profiles here. 


Agnes Zuberecz |Consultant | True

Alison Jee | Freelance Journalist and Hospitality Industry PR Consultant | Alison Jee Associates

Amanda Butler | Owner | Neon Thistle

Amanda Clegg |Director & Founder |Upswing Innovation

Amanda Pearson | Independent Consultant

Andrew Allen | Binary Finery

Andrew Skinner |Managing Director |TQS Food consulting

Andy Gray |Trade Marketing Manager | Seafish

Andy Johns | GB Brands

Angie Johnson |Owner | Mrs Bun the Baker

Angus Murray |International Trade Advisor |Food & Drink Department for International Trade 

Anna Barna |Head of Sales & Operations | Rhythm 108 - 108 Foods 

Anna Rickard | Senior Developer Dairy & Frozen | Coop

Annabel Brimacombe | Marketing and NPD Manager | KellyDeli

Annemarie Penderis |Head of Corporate Reputation | Cirkle 

Anthony Hester 

Antonia Syla |Commercial Manager |Fletchers Bakeries

Arnaud Kaziewicz | Eat. 

Austen Bushrod |Managing Director |Bushrod Consulting 

Benjamin Bartlett | President | British BBQ Association

Brian Bibby

Camilla Bond
|Director | Ideation Creation

Carlos Diaz

Carolyn Hudson | Marketing Manager | England Marketing

Catrin Hughes | Technical Manager | MNGP Food Assurance 

Celia Holt |Food and Beverage Consultant |Chilfood Solutions

Charlie Platt

Charlie TurnballFounder, Delishops; Founding Director, Academy of Cheese

Chris Beech |Founder & CEO |Luhv Drinks

Christalla Hadjievangelou | Social Media Executive & Influencer | Outreach Offblak - And Flavour

Christine Mitterbauer |Career & Business Coach|Christine Coaching

Christopher Faulkner |The Food Service Expert

Dave Brooks | Non Executive Director| DGB Advisory

David Koenig-Green |Technical Director | Food Industry Support 

Debbie Davies | Founder and Director |Contigo Management

Denise Spencer-Walker | Food Communications Manager | Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

Denise Charles | Head of Curriculum for Service Industries | West London College 

Dominic Weaver |Twelve

Douglas Carson

Drew McIvor |Invest NI


Ekta Patel | Consultant Food Technologist 

Ella McIntosh | Head of Trade | Hanover Communications

Emily Foster |Director & Dietitian | Glowing Potential 

Frazer Rendell | e-Trinity Consultancy


Gabriella Thorpe |Vintage Velvet

Gary Cole |Advertising Manager |Independent Retail News

Garry Dennis |Director / Consultant |GDT-Consultancy

Greg Emmerson | Chef | Georgette

Hannah Haslam | Senior Consultant | Hanover Communications

Hannah McKay Head of Food and Beverage UK & I  | Caffé Nero 

Hannah Lanfear |The Mixing Class

Hkanhpa Sadan | Consumer Project Manager | Campden BRI Group

Holly Bleach | Senior Buying Manager | Lidl GB

Howard Smith |Key Account Manager Food & Drink Partnerships |Time Out

Ilias Alexopoulos
| Owner | Alexopoulos Family Products

Jackie Marshall | The Fairtrade Foundation 

Jackie Mitchell |Freelance Journalist & Blogger

James Davidson | Executive Chef | Rich Sauces               

Jan England |Managing Director | England Marketing                                                                                                            

James Kingham | Senior Technical & Process Development Specialist | FBDC 

Jan England | Managing Director | England Marketing 

Jason Danciger | Managing Director | Hana Group

Jason Morrison |Managing Director | Gallo UK

Jessica Chan | Owner |Ima Food  

Jennie McNair | Product Developer | The Food Doctor/ Jackson Yorkshire Champion

Jo Elsdon 

John Glover | Managing Director| Rich Sauces

Jonathan Burr | Founder | Outfromthecrowd

Karen Green |  The Food Mentor 

Karen Harwick |Director of National Accounts|Berkmann

Karen Hornby | Brand Manager (Retail) | Booker Group

Karen Sargant| Specification & Labelling Services Director |TQS Food Consulting 

Karl Imiruaye | Technical Specialist | Pi Food Products 

Katy Moses | Managing Director |KAM Media

Ken Edwards | Managing Director | WorkingOptions


Laura Davis | Founder Brand |ID

Lauren Monk | Co- Founder and Head of Opertations | WorkingOptions

Lawrence Trist | Managing Director |Finsbury Food Group

Lindsey Solomons | Founder | NPD Edge

Luisa Vogliolo-Welch | Wine Educator, Wine Judge, Wine Writer | Euposia Wine Events

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne |Founder |Genius Foods

Luis Vargas | Strategos 

Lucy Channer | Rooty Fruits

Luis Vargas | Srategos 

Luisa Ruocco |Food Influencer |@luisainsta

Lynsey Dewars | Sales Manager | Reflex Labels


Martin Lovell | Cash & Carry Management 

Melissa Clottey |Head of Food Technical|Selfridges & Co.

Maya Orr | Senior Marketing Consultant | Lidl GB

Melissa Alpin | Marketing | Reflex Labels

Melissa Cole | Author and Beer Expert

Michelle Charrington | Business Development Director | Invest NI

Michele Young | Director | Foodservice Support

Michelle Minnaar | Food Blogger | Greedy Gourmet

Morwenna Ellis | Absolute Research


Nathalie Hinds | Executive Education Manager | School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Nathalie Vieira |General Manager UK | Salumificio Fratelli Beretta SpA

Neil Brenson | Associate Director | Jellybean Creative Solutions

Nicola Knight | Senior Analyst - Convenience & Food-to-Go | IGD

Nicola Wordsworth | Branding Consultant |Nicola Wordsworth

Nicola Knight | Senior Analyst - Convience & Food-to-Go | IGD

Nigel Dickie | Director Corporate & Government Affairs EMEA |Kraft Heinz

Nikki Hawkins | Trade Events Manager | Seafish

Olivier Geyer | Europe Culinary & Sales | Cuisine Solutions

Ovidiu Cheabac | Chef and International Cooking & Pizza Judge | Red Pizza Van

Pam Gourley|Sales Operation Manager |Rich Sauces

Paul Brown | CEO and Founder | BOL

Paul Gurnell | Chief Executive Officer|Savsé

Patrick Cairns | CEO | Bighams                                                                                                                                             

Peter Hargreaves | Partnership Business Development Director | Alexir Partnership 

Rachel Davies |  Rachels Kitchen

Ramona Hazan | Managing Director | Ramona's Kitchen / Me Too! Foods

Rebecca Smith | Marketing Officer | The Vegetarian Society

Rebecca Williams | Journalist | BBC 

Richard Hedges | Food Innovation Consultant| Absolute Food

Richard Herbage | Managing Director | Supply Chain Solutions Network

Richard Horwell | Managing Director | Brand Solutions 

Richard Bost |Amethyst Wine

Richard Maxted|Mix and Muddle

Ruth Dolby 

Sara Pearson |  CEO | Spider - PR and Digital Agency 

Sarah Benson |Buyer |Co-op

Sigrid Ottosen | Nomad Foods

Simon Bell | Chief Executive | Donatantonio Group

Simon Harrington | Managing Director | Harringtons

Simon Wright | Founder | OF+ Consulting

Sonny Lee | Head Chef | Restaurant Associates

Sophie Freeman | Business Development Manager | Sacla UK

Stacy Cronly-Dillon | Marketing Consultant & Beekeeper | Sunnyfields Marketing, Honey & Home

Stefan Appleby | Trade Consultant | Hanover Communications

Stefan Cosser | Food Industry Consultant | Egg Soldiers

Stefan Porter | Lidl UK

Stephanie Hockings | R&D Manager | Nomad Foods

Stephen Minall | Director | Moving Food

Steve Elkins | Fairoak Foods

Steve Jackson | Sales Director | DJM Food Solutions

Steve Lee | Food Photographer | Steve Lee Studios

Steve Walpole | Food Consultant 

Sue Burling | Sensory Quality Supervisor | Campden BRI Group

Susan Bolam | Managing Director | Jellybean Creative Solutions

Tom Ellor | Business Development Manager | Visionary Group

Tez Frost | COO | Luhv Drinks

Thelma Fitzgerald | Consumer Insights Manager | Invest NI

Theo Michaels | Executive Chef & Author | Elsewhere Events

Theo Mizzi | Lidl GB

Tom Ellor | Retail and Foodservice Business Advisor | Visionary Group

Tom Sidney | Lidl GB


Vhari Russell | Managing Director |The Food Marketing Expert

Vishal Joneja | Head of Operations | Level39, Canary Wharf Group 


Waldemar Assenheimer | International Buyer (Dairies) | Lidl UK

Will Torrent 

Yanfei Hu
| Surrey Business School


Zara Gugen |GB Hydration Portfolio Senior Brand Manager | Coca Cola

Judges' Profiles 

Buisness Owner
Neon Thistle
Trade Marketing Manager
Senior Developer Dairy & Frozen
Marketing & NPD Manager
KellyDeli UK
Head of Coporate Reputation
Commercial Manager
Fletchers Bakeries
Head Of Foods
Head Of Foods
Managing Director
Bushrod Consulting
Independent Food Consultant
Marketing Manager
England Marketing
Career & Buisness Coach
Christine Coaching
Head of Curriculum for Service Industries
West London College
Business Development Manager
Invest NI
Head of Trade
Hanover Communications
Food Standards Consultant
GDT Consultancy
Part Time private Chef
Head of Food & Beverage
Caffe Nero UK
Senior Consultant
Hanover Communications
Key Account Manager Food & Drink Partnerships
Time Out
Alexopoulos Family Products
Food & Drink Writer & Blogger
Food & Drink Writer & Blogger
Executive Chef
Rich Sauces
Managing Director
England Marketing Limited
Managing Director
Hana Group
Managing Director
Gallo UK
Product Developer
The Food Doctor/ Jacksons Yorkshire Champion
Buisness Owner
Ima Food Ltd
Managing Director
Rich Sauces
Business mentor
Food mentor
Brand Manager (Retail)
Booker Group
Head of Innovation
Self Employed
International Business Manager
Strategos Limited
Sales Manager
Reflex Group
Owner/ Director
Niche Food and Drink
Trade Solutions International
Cash & Carry Management
Head of Food Technical
Selfridges & Co.
Reflex Group
Foodservice Support Ltd & CoolberryCafe Frozen Yogurt
Food Blogger
Greedy Gourmet
Managing Director
Absolute Market Research
General Manager UK
Salumificio Fratelli Beretta Spa
Branding Consultant
Nicola Wordsworth
Senior Analyst
Convenience & Food-To-Go
Chef / Business Owner / International Cooking and Pizza Judge
Red Pizza Van
Sales Ops Manager
Rich Sauces
Founder of BOL foods
BOL foods
Chief Executive Officer
Rachel's Kitchen
Managing Director
Ramona’s Kitchen / Me Too! Foods
Managing Director
Supply Chain Solutions Network Ltd
Trade Solutions International
Chief Executive
Donatantonio Ltd
Buisness Development Manager
Salca UK Ltd
Food Industry Consultant
Egg Soldiers
Trade Consultant
Hanover Communications
Founder & MD
Fairoak Food Ltd
Managing Director
Jellybean Creative Solutions Ltd.
Luhv Drinks
Consumer Insights Manager
Invest NI
Buying Manager
Lidl UK
Author & Executive Chef
Retail and Foodservice Business Advisor
Visionary Group
Buying Coordination Manager
Lidl GB
Managing Director
The Food Marketing Experts
Head of Operations
Level 39, Canary Wharf Group
Pastry Chef Consultant
Will Torrent Consultancy
GB Hydration Portfolio Senior Brand Manager
The Coca - Cola Company