Judges / Experts

Susie Barrie MW (Chair)

Susie Barrie MW is an award-winning wine writer and broadcaster. A notorious foodie, Susie relishes matching wines to dishes created by Britain’s top chefs on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen

Peter Richards MW (Chair)

Peter Richards is a Master of Wine and one of the UK's youngest (and tallest) award-winning wine writers and broadcasters. Peter talks wine and food on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, reaching up to three million viewers a week.

Fiona Beckett - Senior Judge

Award-winning journalist Fiona Beckett is one of the UK's leading experts on food and wine matching with a regular wine column in the Guardian

Jo Pratt

Jo Pratt is a food stylist, writer, presenter and home economist. She’s regularly seen on TV programmes such as ITV’s Day Break, Daily Cooks’ Challenge.

Sarah Jane Evans MW, BBC Good Food Magazine

Sarah Jane is a Master of Wine, and wine and food writer with a passion for flavour. She was Associate Editor of BBC Good Food magazine for over a decade, and remains their Wine Editor.

Abdul Yaseen - Head Chef at Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise

By combining seasonal European produce with Indian spicing and cooking techniques, Abdul has influenced the menu at Cinnamon Kitchen – praised by critics and customers alike.

Helen McGinn

 Helen McGinn is an award-winning wine blogger and has recently published her first book based on her blog of the same name, The Knackered Mother's Wine Club.

Angela Mount

Angela Mount is a wine expert, presenter, and head of online wine retailer YourFavouriteWines.com, and famously had her taste buds insured for £10million by her former employers Somerfield.

Christine Parkinson, group wine buyer at Hakkasan

Christine has been called “one of the most creative wine buyers in the UK” by wine guru Jancis Robinson, and in 2009 received the ‘Taste On-Trade Influencer Award

Jane Parkinson

One of the UK’s youngest award-winning wine writers, Jane Parkinson is a freelance journalist, presenter and professional wine taster.

Justin Howard-Sneyd, Global Wine Consultant for Laithwaite’s Wine

 Justin has worked in the wine business since 1991 when he worked as a helper on the International Wine Challenge.

Jean Marc Sauboua, Laithwaites Wine

Jean Marc Sauboua is Head of Winemaking and Bordeaux buyer for Laithwaites Wine.

Hamish Anderson, Tate Head Sommelier

Hamish started his career in wine at Bibendum, the original Conran restaurant in the Michelin building. It has long been celebrated for its extensive and innovative wine list.

Jo Ahearne MW

Jo has been involved in the wine trade for 20 years. She began stacking crates in Oddbins and soon after found herself barracking the Barossa Valley’s Charlie Melton into taking her on as vintage dogsbody.

Paulo Brammer

In his role at ETM Group Paulo designs wine lists for eight very different sites, including high-quality pubs, restaurants and wine bars across London.

Pierpaolo Petrassi MW

As pasionate about food as he is about wine, he became the first Italian Master of Wine in 2007 and has spent his entire working life in the drinks industry.

Susy Atkins

In 2004 Susy was named the International Wine & Spirit Competition's 'Communicator of the Year'.