Judges 2019 

 Take a look at the experts who were on our judging panel in 2019. 


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