2018 Awards Judges

Susie Brindley

Susie Brindley

Chair of Judges

“It is an absolute honour to be Chair of the judging panel for the Flavours of Herriot Country Awards. Each year these awards go from strength to strength and Herriot Country truly represent the very best of the food, drink, produce and service that Richmondshire and Hambleton has to offer. We are so fortunate to live and work in an area rich and diverse in its culinary offerings and the Flavours of Herriot Country capture this. Thanks must go to all of the farmers, producers, makers and businesses that enter these awards, and to the very professional and committed judges who support them”.

Etta Cohen OBE

Etta Cohen OBE

Judge

Etta Cohen OBE has for over 20 years been an active networker building up contacts throughout the U.K and abroad at all levels.

Etta started her career as a teacher in inner city Leeds. She then went to work in the public sector.

Etta set up and previously ran Forward Ladies, one of the UK’s leading business support organisations for women. She was involved in consultation with government, organising trade missions, training, a speaker programme and Women in Business Awards.

Since leaving Forward Ladies Etta has set up www.afternoontea4u.com a website dedicated to promoting Afternoon Tea. She spends her time enjoying, reviewing and advising on Afternoon Tea.

She also mentors several women and is a public speaker.

Etta has two grown up married children and is Chair of the Development Board for Breast Cancer Haven in Leeds. She is a judge for several business awards both in the U.K. and US.

In 2016 Etta was awarded an OBE for services to women in business and entrepreneurship.

Simon Jenkins

Simon Jenkins

Judge

Simon Jenkins began a temporary stint writing the Yorkshire Evening Post pub column in 1992, while a colleague was on annual leave. 25 years on, Simon’s articles remain a weekly feature in the paper, and include reviews of local pubs, favourite beers and occasional jaunts to Yorkshire’s best breweries. He has written two editions of The Great Leeds Pub Crawl, his homage to the city’s drinking scene, and his new book The Yorkshire Beer Bible will be published in the summer of 2017. He has won a number of awards, including being named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2010.

Chris Wildman

Chris Wildman

Judge

Chris Wildman – a farmer and 5th generation butcher. Owner of Town End Farm Shop, Malham, and creator of the award winning Paganum Choorizo, cured in the Yorkshire Dales from his own pigs.

There is also an online shop for farm meat and charcuterie.

Gilli Cliff

Gilli Cliff

Judge

I’ve run cookery classes for 40 years, sat on Defra, Food Standards Agency and Meat and Livestock Commission committees, Chaired The Guild of Food Writers, presented a 10 part BBC TV series on Welsh food and published over a dozen books. Apart from that my children say that my toad in the hole is quite good.

Darlington College

Darlington College

Judge

Our kitchens are fully equipped to offer you a range of first class learning experiences which include Food Preparation and Cookery, Patisserie and Confectionary and Food and Drink Service. All of our staff are highly experienced to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and skills that will set you up for a career in the hospitality industry.

The Catering Department has always been very successful, with students gaining employment in some of the top hotels both nationally and internationally such as The Waterside London, The Fat Duck in Bray and the world famous 3 Michelin-starred NOMA in Copenhagen.

Robert Ramsden

Robert Ramsden

Judge

Robert Ramsden, Specialist Food Development, Delifresh

I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting food ingredients for the catering trade for Delifresh, who service the catering trade throughout the UK with a vast array of specialist and exciting ingredients. Working closely with local growers and artisanal producers of all things food related, my job also involves hands on support in the customer’s establishments. I also enjoy the many cookery demonstrations that I do at many of the main events in the region. Previously Head Chef at The General Tarleton and chef at Harvey Nichols.

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Judge

Chris, Bettys Cookery School Course Tutor, brings 30 years of experience having previously spent 15 years as Head Chef at a local country house hotel. He has a wealth of classical cookery experience and, a keen gardener, he loves bringing home-grown produce from garden to table.