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

Stephen entered the hospitality industry in 2009 when he purchased a closed hotel. Over time, he acquired three establishments before scaling down in March 2022 to launch a more intimate 48-seat restaurant. In July 2020, he co-founded the Scottish Hospitality Group, an innovative advocate for the hospitality sector in Scotland. This group has gained recognition from governments as a leading resource for industry-related information and guidance.

Sue O'Neill-Berest

Food Education Manager - Cyrenians

Sue O'Neill-Berest has been the Food Education Manager of Cyrenians for the last seven years, and manages the Cyrenians Flavour and Haver Cook School on Jane Street in Leith which provides a community hub and skills development programmes. Her particular interest lies in community development through the medium of food. In her words: "People not having enough to eat is only part of the problem. People not having someone to sit and enjoy food and conversation with is a greater societal problem. Food can be a catalyst to bring people together, to learn about people who are other to us and together build a better and kinder world.

Amanda Brown

Programme Director - Scotland Food & Drink

With 30+ years in the Scottish food and drink sector, Amanda Brown, Programme Director at Scotland Food & Drink, oversees projects aligning with the national strategy. Passionate about the industry, she ensures delivery of initiatives, driven by her dedication to its growth and the people who drive it.


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