Meet the judges for the 2009 Food and Farming Awards.


  • Raymond Blanc

    Raymond Blanc - Chair of Judges

    Raymond Blanc is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. Restaurateur, food writer, and television presenter, he was born in France, and arrived in England in 1972. Having begun work as a waiter, he owned his first restaurant at the age of 28, and in 1984 opened the acclaimed Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons, near Oxford.

  • Robert Clark

    Robert Clark - Best Retail Initiative and Best Local Food Retailer categories

    Robert Clark is a leading retail marketing consultant and publisher, specialising in the UK and other European retail markets. Robert broadcasts and lectures regularly on retail-related developments and issues.

  • Helen Crawley

    Helen Crawley - Best Dinner Lady / Man categories

    Helen Crawley is a Public Health nutritionist and dietitian, with over 25 years' experience in related research and policy development. She is currently reader in nutrition policy at City University, London. She is also director of the public health nutrition charity: The Caroline Walker Trust.

  • Kath Dalmeny

    Kath Dalmeny - Best Retail Initiative, Best Food Market and Derek Cooper Award categories

    Kath Dalmeny is Policy Director of Sustain - the alliance for better food and farming. A long time food campaigner, in recent years she has developed a specialism in healthy, sustainable food in the catering sector, as well as the effects of climate change on food production.

  • Sheila Dillon

    Sheila Dillon - Derek Cooper Award, Best Food Producer categories

    Sheila Dillon has been a food journalist for almost three decades, receiving many awards for her investigative work. She has worked on Radio 4's The Food Programme for twenty years: first as reporter, then producer and, following Derek Cooper's retirement, she became the regular presenter.

  • Christopher Haskins

    Christopher Haskins - Farmer of The Year category

    Christopher Haskins was Chairman of Northern Foods from 1986 until 2002. He became a Life Peer in 1998 and is Chairman of the Open University Council. He lives on a farm in East Yorkshire, and was appointed by the Prime Minister to advise on rural recovery, following the outbreak of Foot & Mouth disease in 2001.

  • Mark Hix

    Mark Hix - Best Food Producer category

    Mark Hix is a celebrated food writer, and award-winning chef/restrauteur. He has restaurants in London and Lyme Regis. He has written eight cookbooks (including the Guild of Foodwriters' cookery book of the year) and he has regular columns in the Indpendent on Sunday and Country Life.

  • Alex James

    Alex James - Farmer of The Year

    Alex James came to public notice as the bass player in Blur, but now is just as well known for the cheese he produces, on his organic Oxfordshire farm. He presents Radio 4's On Your Farm, contributes to a number of daily papers and magazines on farming and the countryside.

  • Jeanette Orrey

    Jeanette Orrey - Best Dinner Lady/ Man

    Jeanette Orrey has worked in schools catering for twenty years. She won the Best Dinner Lady category in the Food & Farming Awards 2003, where she met Jamie Oliver. They then teamed up to raise public awareness of the poor state of school meals. Jeanette now works as an advisor, giving talks across the country, and is a board member of the School Food Trust.

  • Simon Parkes

    Simon Parkes - Best Food Market and Best Takeaway categories

    Simon Parkes was a Michelin Guide inspector during the 1980s, before becoming a restaurant critic for Vogue magazine. He is now a writer/broadcaster - the author of several books, and often reporting for Radio 4's The Food Programme which he has presented, and on food issues for Woman's Hour and You & Yours.

  • Rose Prince

    Rose Prince - Best Local Food Retailer and Best Takeaway categories

    Rose Prince is a food writer with regular columns in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Telegraph Magazine. She has written campaigning articles on food and farming for over ten years, travelling across the UK and far beyond, in pursuit of great producers. She is currently working on a guide to 1000 British food retailers, and a third cookbook.

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