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Our Judges

We are very grateful to our judges, who taste and scrutinise hundreds of products every year, giving valuable feedback.  Our judges are made up of food industry experts from all aspects, from chefs and nutritionists to packaging experts and food technologists. 2018 panel to be announced soon! 

If you work in the food and drink industry and you're interested in joining our panel, please email team@qualityfoodawards.com for more information. 

Drew McIvor
Food Business Development Manager
Invest NI

Drew has worked in the food industry for 25 years, from technical roles through to commercial roles. 

Elke O'Mahony
Food Writer, Broadcaster, Events for Food Lovers,
Bia Sasta

Elke is a food expert and runs Bia Sasta, Events for Food Lovers. She consults on food businesses, teaches social media for food businesses at Cork College of Commerce and give regular talks on all things related to food. She writes a weekly column for the Cork Independent and her weekly show ‘The Food Affair’ has a faithful following. On her show, she interviews chefs, food producers and fellow writers and shares the latest news on all things food.

Jane Milton
Jane Milton Food

Jane Milton, leading a team of Food Industry Specialists. Jane has built a business working with producers, innovators and retailers helping them develop ideas and bring them to market cost effectively, expediently and successfully. With over 30 years expertise in the food industry and a proven track record for helping food businesses achieve great results, Jane and her colleagues are always in demand to identify strategies and bring them to fruition within the food industry.

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan is an established food writer, blogger and founder of Flavour.ie a website that is dedicated to promoting West Cork Food through writing, events and tours. Kate writes regularly for the Evening Echo and The Southern Star newspapers, The Opinion Magazine, TheTaste.ie, voted the worlds’ best digital food magazine in 2016, Headstuff.org and has been featured in the Irish Examiner and Irish Times. Kate was commissioned by A Taste of West Cork Food Festival to author an “Artisan Food Guide” published in June 2017.

Her blog, The Flavour Files, is recipe driven showcasing the best of West Cork produce and encouraging everyday cooking with it at home as well as the best places to eat in the region.

Malachy O'Connor
International Private Label Consult

With +20 years’ in the supermarket trade I have held food technical roles in M&S and Dunnes Stores followed by buying roles in Dunnes, Superquinn and SPAR. From 2006, I was Buying Director and Marketing Director at Aldi Ireland.  From 2014 to 2016 I was the Fresh Foods Commercial Category Director at Tesco Ireland. I set up Food First Consulting in 2017 where I help suppliers and buyers do better business through my unique retail insights, negotiation skills training and strategy development.  I joined the IPLC network in March 2018, a boutique consulting firm specialising in Private Label strategy.

Trevis Gleason
Sapphire Solutions Consulting, Inc

Chef Trevis L Gleason has been a food journalist and published author, a consultant, an award-winning chef and culinary instructor; teaching at institutions such as Cornell University, New England Culinary Institute and California Culinary Academy. Recently retired from his distinguished career and living in West Kerry, Chef Trevis has taken on an even larger challenge; having been diagnosed with  Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 2001.  He is an advocate for all living with the disease and was recently named as the #1 on-line influencer on the subject of MS on the web.

Vanessa Greenwood
Cooks Academy Cookery School Dublin

Vanessa is the founder of Cooks Academy Cookery School in Dublin.  She also writes a weekly column for The Irish Times.  Vanessa is a member of Euro-toques and she has a lifelong love for food and artisan producers.  She has made several TV appearances on TVAM and RTE and has performed cookery demonstrations at many Chefs Theatres including A Taste of Dublin, Food and Wine Show, Bloom, TasteFest and at the RDS National Crafts and Design Fair.  She has written for publications including a regular column in EasyHealth Magazine. She has also written for the Health and Living supplement of the Irish Independent and Image Magazine.  Her first cookery book, The Cooks Academy Cookbook is published by Gill & Macmillan.