Making the all important decisions will be our expert panel of judges who reviewing the entries to determine our winners and shortlisted businesses this year.
The judges are looking for quality over quantity so it is imperative businesses provide enough detail for the judges to review. Customer testimonials can be included as supporting evidence if some of our entrants have a particularly supportive fan base!

Christine Austin

Wine Writer, Yorkshire Post
Enthusiastic, entertaining and full of up-to-date wine knowledge, gathered from a lifetime of experience and travel, Christine can open up the world of wine – from an appreciation of simple grape flavours to the complexities of climate, soils and winemaking.

Christine has written a weekly wine column in The Yorkshire Post for over 20 years, and also writes for national publications such as The I newspaper, Good Housekeeping, Prima, Olive and various other magazines.

With books, TV and radio to her credit, as well as several awards for wine writing, Christine is also an international wine judge for wine competitions in London, Chile, China, Italy, Portugal and South Africa.

Stephanie Moon

Local chef Stephanie is a Yorkshire farmer's daughter, with a varied food background, and now runs her own food consultancy business “All Things Food” which proudly is in its 12th year.

She previously worked at The Dorchester Hotel for world famous Chef Anton Mosimann, which saw her cooking for the Queen at the Royal State Banquet. Steph has also worked in St Moritz, Munich, Sydney, the Hayman Islands and Chicago. In 2000 she worked at Rudding Park, as the Executive Chef, for a number of years.

Stephanie is a recognised figure on the Yorkshire food scene and has many accolades to her credit, including an Oliver Award and appearances on BBC2’s Great British Menu and BBC1’s Chefs Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is. Steph has also been a professional’s guest on the BBC Radio Leeds breakfast show many times.

Steph enjoys helping support Young Chefs coming into the industry and encouraging the next generation of years into this great career, and is a passionate ambassador for Yorkshire produce.

Abbey Maclure

Reporter, Yorkshire Evening Post
Abbey Maclure is a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post with a focus on business and lifestyle. She writes for the title's Big Leeds Weekend supplement which celebrates Leeds' food, drink and hospitality scene. From interviewing the city's most accomplished chefs to trying out new street food start-ups and party hotspots, she is passionate about giving businesses across the sector a platform to shout about their achievements. Abbey is part of the YEP’s Little Oliver and Barfly teams, which review restaurants, bars and pubs every week, and has developed an intricate knowledge of the restaurant scene from the city centre to the suburbs.

Stanley Dru

Food Blogger
Award winning blogger Stan has lived in Leeds for almost 11 years. He currently works as a content creator working with the likes of Sky, Penhaligons, ARLA, ASOS & H&M. Stan is also a blogger and a writer for H&N magazine, where he writes about fashion, food and travel.

“I eat out a lot! Whether it’s for an article I’m writing, or just out to enjoy a good meal, either way Leeds has a HUGE variety of amazing bars, restaurants and pubs which offer so many delicious choices. Since switching to a vegetarian diet over 2 years ago, it’s been amazing to see the plethora of delicious options Leeds has to offer. I’m so excited to be part of the panel to offer my thoughts and experiences along the way”


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