Our Judges

Our judging panel is drawn from a cross-section of New Zealand’s food and beverage industry. We are proud to be represented by judges with their own brands of relevant technical, culinary, scientific and commercial expertise.


Head Judge

Kay McMath

Packaging Judges

Jonathan Flett - Pakworld International

Eli Gray-Stuart - Massey University

Cuisine Artisan Judges

Kelli Breet

Ginny Grant

Petra Mihaljevich

Kathy Patterson

Technical Judges

Shelley McMillan - Mintel

Anne Scott - NZIFST

Dr Abby Thompson - FoodHQ

Consumer Judges

Moria Lamas

Ranjani Singh

Lisa Stevenson

Helen Tam

Judy Thomas

PC Tong

Supreme Award Judges

Craig Armstong - NZTE

Sarah McLaren - Massey University

Geoff Scott

Dr Abby Thompson - FoodHQ

Special Award Judges

Dr Alasdair Baxter - The FOODBOWL

Chris Hewins - Ministry for Primary Industries

Janet Lymburn - Ministry for Primary Industries

Carrick Robinson - James and Wells

Carol Wham - Massey University

Taste Judges

Lisa Conway - Countdown

Ray McVinnie

Geoff Scott

Nici Wicks

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