The selection process for the awards involves an impartial panel of industry experts who generously volunteer their time to evaluate submissions. These individuals are chosen for their expertise and experience.

Judges review entries, ensuring a fair and unbiased evaluation. In cases where judges have conflicts of interest within specific categories, they abstain from participating in the assessment of those particular entries.

Upon the submission deadline, judges receive all entries in a uniform format, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations. Each entry is then scored by the judges based on the defined criteria for each category.

Judges meet to discuss their assessments and collectively reach a final decision on a single day, solely based on the content provided in the written entries.

It is crucial to note that the entire judging process is conducted confidentially, and all decisions reached during this process are considered final.

Rosalind Erskine

Editor - Scotsman Food & Drink

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

Paul Trainer

Editor - Glasgow World

GlasgowWorld's editor has an extensive background in local journalism. Previously publisher at the Glasgowist online community, he has written popular books including Glasgow's 100 Best Restaurants and the Best of Glasgow city guide and cookbook.
Paul was appointed to lead the team of reporters and video journalists at GlasgowWorld. His interests and specialisms include profile interviews, music features, art and the history of Glasgow's nightlife. Paul leads the food and drink coverage for the website.

Rosemary Gallagher

Head of Commercial Content - The Scotsman

Rosemary manages commercial content and campaigns, from print to online, for The Scotsman. She is passionate about food and drink and has lots of expertise in the whisky industry. She was previously Head of Communications for the Scotch whisky industry trade body and has written extensively on Scotland's national drink.

Stephen Montgomery

Director - Scottish Hospitality Group


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