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Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards 2017 :: Judges

Judges


Here are just some of the judges for 2017:

 

Bruna Pucci
Bruna is of Italian-Brazilian descent living in Ireland for the past 13 years.  She holds a European Masters in Food Science, Technology & Nutrition. She is very passionate about food and has travelled extensively, studying malt and beer in Belgium, nutrition in Dublin, wine and spirits in Portugal and dairy science in Germany. She is a Senior Researcher with the Food Science and Te...more
Caroline Gray
Caroline is the editor of Easy Food Magazine, Ireland’s best-selling monthly food magazine. She writes and edits recipes for the magazine and food clients, and also appears on a regular cookery slot on TV3's SaturdayAM programme. She completed the 12-week certificate course at Ballymaloe Cookery School and has previously written for the Food Network in New York City as well as vari...more
Drew McIvor
Have worked in the Food Industry for over 20 years, in Technical roles through to Commercial. 
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Australian wine professional and former sommelier, and wine educator, living in Dublin. Master of Wine student and wine importer. Formerly Contributing Editor for Sommelier India and writer for various newspapers in India.
Jennifer Oppermann
Jennifer is a Food stylist, food photographer and recipe creative. Instagram handle @jenniferocooks Website under construction at the moment
Jens Bleiel
Jens Bleiel started his career at a management consultant company in Germany. After 5 years, he joined Dutch company Numico and held several management and executive functions in the baby food branch of the company. His last function was Global Marketing Director Infant Milks. After 10 years in this business, Jens Bleiel joined Dutch multinational DSM. As Senior Vice President Metabolic Heal...more
Jim Fitzsimmons
Jim is a Past President of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors. He has worked in written and broadcast journalism, and held research, technical, marketing, sales and general management roles in food and agribusiness firms in Ireland, UK and overseas. He runs an international consultancy, Riverwest Management based in Wicklow with an office in Winnipeg, Canada. For the past 1...more
Jocelyn Doyle
I graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in 2013 with a Master in Food, Culture and Communications, a passion for writing and an obsessive love of good food. I'm now the Recipe Editor of Easy Food magazine, Ireland's number one food title, and newly-appointed Editor of Easy Gluten-Free magazine, Ireland's first dedicated gluten-free mag. 
John Dowd
John has been working in the culinary industry for the past 32 years. He began working in King Citric Restaurant in Howth before working in some of the most notable kitchens in the country, Burlington Hotel, Barberstown Castle, Le Chateaux Restaurant, Dublin College of Catering and With Taste Catering Company before joining the team at Fire Restaurant in the Mansion House. John has compe...more
Kate Ryan
Kate Ryan is an established food blogger and writer at Flavour.ie.  Kate writes regularly for TheTaste.ie, the Evening Echo, The Southern Star and The Opinion Magazine and has been featured in the Irish Examiner and Irish Times.  Her blog is recipe driven showcasing the best of West Cork produce and encouraging everyday cooking with it at home.  She has an established and grow...more
Liam Campbell
Liam Campbell attained his Diploma in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in 1995. He went on to study for Master of Wine in 1995/96.   Liam is an Approved Educator and Invigilator for WSET Level 2 and Level 3 and has tutored both courses since 1995.  He also has a distinguished wine writing career, currently Wine & Drinks Editor for Irish I...more
Melanie May
Melanie is a food writer with www.ilovecooking.ie, a journalist with www.thejournal.ie and runs her own food and travel blog www.melaniemay.com.   Melanie’s food writing covers everything from restaurant reviews to industry events, as well as travel pieces highlighting the best places to eat in different cities around the world. Her blog features recipes she picked up whil...more
Richie Wilson
Richie has been working in the food industry for 20 years and has been an Executive Chef for the past 8 years. He trained under some of Irelands greatest chefs like Paul Flynn of The Tannery and Kevin Thornton of Thornton’s. Prior to his current appointment at Fire   he was Executive Chef of The Clyde Court and Ballsbridge Hotels, The Burlington Hotel, The Morrison Hotel ...more
Vivek Tohani
I love all things food, from field to fork. I champion all things locally produced, made, cooked and served by our talented workforce. I'm especially interested in food production and process.
Wayne Dunne
Wayne is the creator of the popular Blog www.irishbeersnob.com together with his wife Janice they regularly produce articles and podcasts covering a wide range of subjects within the Craft Beer Industry. They also organise boutique beer festivals around the country. Wayne is also the Craft Beer Editor for Ireland’s newest online Foodie Magazine www.thetaste.ie
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Ex-Tesco & Aldi, Buying/Marketing Director. Now consulting in retail strategy, buying, negotiations, Private Label, marketing, NPD & supply chain. My food science background helped me to succeed as a Buying/Category Director and my customer focus helped me succeed as a marketing director. I love the insights, the products and the stories behind them. 
Nichola Reeder
I've worked in the UK food and drink industry for over 20 years, bringing great brands and great retailers together to ensure consumers can access the best products through their local store. We're now working on bringing the best Irish Food & Drink has to offer to the UK market, enabling producers to find the right home for their brands and grow their sales across the UK. I'...more
Steve Reeder
Working in Food and Drink retail over a number of years, I'm passionate about bringing together high quality products that meet the needs of shoppers, with commercial retailers who can make the most of those products in store. With experience across the UK retail sector I'm now interested in understanding how great quality Irish food and drink products could help add value for retail...more
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Blackbird Bakery started in Kinsale, with Audrey baking homemade cakes for local cafes and farmers’ markets. After several years developing a loyal following in Cork and expanding the business to cater for weddings and corporate events, Blackbird Baking Classes came about. Now Dublin-based, the classes are for anyone who loves to bake or wants to learn. Classes are fast gaining a reput...more
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Over 20 years in the fmcg industry in Ireland, the U.K. And Holland. Experienced department head, general manager and commercial director but excels in the 3 core area or sales, marketing and purchasing with a definite preference to Food in both the grocery supplies, ingredient B2b environment and more recently Foodservice 
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Fiona is a Ballymaloe trained Chef with a Degree in Education from Trinity College, Dublin. Having worked as a chef at Ballymaloe House, Fiona started her own successful catering business in Dublin in the late 1990s, catering for Private and Corporate functions with some of Ireland’s biggest Financial Institutions. She is passionate about healthy wholefood cooking and decided to setup ...more
Maresa Cagney
In a career spanning almost 20 years, Maresa Cagney has extensive experience in Food Marketing and Innovation across a wide range of market leading companies and brands including Heineken and the former Dairygold Food Products. Maresa has held a number of senior Marketing and Innovation roles including Head of Marketing at Heinz Ireland and is currently Commercial Marketing Manager Ireland a...more
Andrew Langford
I have worked in the hospitality sector for many years before getting in to lecturing food and beverage studies. I am a certified sommelier who enjoys teaching and tasting wine.  Cooking is a huge passion and with a hungry family to cook for every day can be challenging. 
Sarah Ryan
Sarah is a chef at Shannon College of Hotel Management and has worked in the hotel and restaurant before joining the staff at Shannon in 2008. In more recent years she has developed a keen interest in new food product development.  She has a particular appeal in baked goods and artisan products that are nutritional in value. Taking a food product to the marketplace is commendable and as...more
Finn Ni Fhaolain
Finn is the author of the best selling cookbook Finn's World. She lives in the little seaside town of Bundoran in south Donegal where she writers, surfs and works as a private chef, catering for all sorts of events. Finn uses her personal experience a coeliac, her culinary arts training and her background in marine science as inspiration for her recipes and writing work. Her passion is m...more
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