Judges

  • Nitisha Patel

    Nitisha Patel is an award-winning chef and food consultant from Wolverhampton who has dedicated her life to exploring food and flavour. She has numerous achievements under her belt including first cookbook – My Modern Indian Kitchen, being recognised as the Black Country’s Master of Food, being awarded as the Midlands’ Rising Star in food, drink […]

  • David Colcombe

    David is a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the British Culinary Federation, as well as an Honorary Fellow and visiting professor at University College Birmingham. He has previously cooked for G8 leaders and ran a successful 2 AA restaurant for 10 years, which he grew to include a café bistro and […]

  • Nitisha Patel

    Nitisha Patel is an award-winning chef and food consultant from Wolverhampton who has dedicated her life to exploring food and flavour. She has numerous achievements under her belt including first cookbook – My Modern Indian Kitchen, being recognised as the Black Country’s Master of Food, being awarded as the Midlands’ Rising Star in food, drink […]

  • Tara Tomes

    Having been both agency and client-side prior to EAST VILLAGE., Tara has worked with local independent retailers, internationally renowned fashion brands, acclaimed entertainment and event venues, large scale exhibitions, and everything in between. Tara founded EAST VILLAGE. in 2013 with the ambition of creating an agency that centred around a strong team culture and delivering… […]

  • Alex Nicholson-Evans

    Alex Nicholson-Evans is Commercial Director for Birmingham Museums. Her work includes overseeing the museum cafes, shops and venue hire business in addition to developing new sustainable income streams across nine museums in Birmingham. Alex is passionate about putting Birmingham more firmly on the map! Indeed, it was her passion for Birmingham’s exciting and developing bar […]

  • Tony Elvin

    Now head honcho at Touchwood Shopping Centre, Tony has a rich and varied hospitality/leisure background working in and operating hotels, bars, restaurants and health clubs for the likes of De Vere, Esporta, First Leisure and most recently Hotel du Vin, during which time he and the hotel won various awards and accolades including Hotel of […]

  • Ben Drayner

    I entered the Hospitality industry over 10 years ago working in cocktail bars and restaurants while at University in Sheffield, before taking an internship at The Gresham Hotel in central Dublin. I worked in all departments from housekeeping to the kitchen, and gained all-round knowledge and experience in the Hotels Sector.   After finishing University, […]

  • Marverine Cole

    Marverine Cole is a born and bred Brummie and she’s something of an A-lister when it comes to Food and Drink because she was Birmingham’s very first ever qualified Beer Sommelier. As a celebrated beer writer & critic, Marverine has appeared as an Expert Guest on countless top TV shows alongside celebrity chefs like Angela […]

  • Conrad Brunton

    Conrad is undoubtedly one our  biggest champions of the food, drink and hospitality scene in Birmingham. Conrad entered the catering and hospitality industry at the age of 14 when he started working as a pot wash in a local pub. This led on to basic kitchen prep, restaurant service and eventually bar work. Conrad always held […]

  • Kevin Urquhart

    Kevin Urquhart is Managing Director and Founder of Fraser Urquhart Media – a unique hybrid of Publicity and Publishing Consultancy. Since 1999, they are proud publishers of the iconic SIXTY9 DEGREES and dluxe Birmingham & Solihull magazines. Kevin is one of the most experienced and respected Publishers in the Midlands with an 18-year track record […]

  • Ahmed Ahmed

    Ahmed is the founder of Dine, an online guide for discovering the best food and drink experiences in your local area. Over the years, he and a team of contributors have charted the evolution of our food and drink scene: from the high profile chefs, to the street food heroes and the burgeoning bar culture. […]

  • Paul Fulford

    Born and raised in Birmingham, Paul Fulford was restaurant critic of the Birmingham Mail for 20 years until he left in 2015 to set up his own website at paulfulford.co.uk. He also offers PR and consultancy services to restaurants and bars. Paul’s a keen cook, a wine-lover, has judged many culinary competitions and has appeared […]