The Judges

The first four rounds will take place at the Guild of Fine Food on 24th and 25th April. The judges are drawn from all around the food scene from chefs, to food writers, to restaurateurs and food business owners – many of these most respected faces of our food scene will go through each product submitted. The finalists will be announced soon after and finalist producers will be notified. Only products accepted via our online forms may be entered and each category has a maximum of 80 products and a maximum of two per producer per category. It will be strictly on a first come first served basis so please do not delay entering and risk missing out.

The final round of ten meats per category will be judged by our expert final panel chaired by the Guild of Fine Food’s Mick Whitworth and including some of the most renowned food personalities in the British food scene live at the British Cured Meat Festival on Saturday 1st June at Canopy Market, King’s Cross, and the Award Ceremony will follow judging. We urge all producers submitting product to ensure they secure tickets for the festival (which includes the awards ceremony) if they can as this will be a great day out for our industry and of course you may well be one of the lucky winners.

Simon Rimmer

TV presenter, chef and Strictly Come Dancing star

Xanthe Clay

Daily Telegraph food writer

Mick Whitworth

Editor of Fine Food Digest and charcuterie lead at Guild of Fine Food

Monika Linton

Founder of @Brindisa Spanish Food (est. 1988) and Tapas Kitchens

Steven Lamb

River Cottage curing & smoking expert.

Calum Franklin

Renowned Head Chef and celebrated pie maker

James Golding

Chef Director of THE PIG hotel group

Tom Adams

Chef proprietor at Coombeshead Farm

Harry Wallop

Consumer journalist, feature writer, author and broadcaster.

Jenny Linford

Jenny Linford is a food writer, a longstanding member of the Guild of Food Writers.

Richard H. Turner

Trenchermen, Hawksmoor, Meatopia, Turner & George, Blacklock.