Your 2018 Award Judges
David Veal – Lead Judge
David Veal is a multi Award winning chef (formerly Owner Bellbrae Harvest) who has worked with many of the greats in hospitality. He is currently Head Catering Manager for Cotton-On where he is responsible for several large Catering facilities. Before that David used his extensive skills and experience to train the next generations of great chefs at The Gordon Insitute, Geelong.
Richenda Pritchard – Senior Judge
Richenda has been a chef for over 20 years working with many well known Melbourne chefs including Guy Grossi. She was the chef/owner of Delizia Cucina, a one hat restaurant in Seddon for four and a half years, continues her interest in all sides of the restaurant industry, and works as a food stylist for Penguin Books.
Margaret is an internationally awarded food, wine and travel writer and former reporter for News Corp. Margaret has a special interest in trends in hospitality in regional Australia.
David Gilligan’s career began in 1977 working at Clichy Restaurant with Iain Hewitson. He went on to further his experience at Leiths restaurant in London ,the Regent Hotel and as Executive Sous Chef and Executive Chef for the Victorian Arts Centre. For the past 11 years David has worked as Chef/Owner of Provisions Food Store.
Lewis is our judge with a special expertise interest in all thing coffee. He cut his teeth in Melbourne before heading to Brooklyn and Buneos Aires where he trained Baristas and spread Aussie Cafe Culture stateside.
Marilena Richards is a chef and a professional cookery teacher with over 20 year’s experience within the Hospitality Industry. Working with Guy Grossi for over five years enforced the skills that were embedded throughout her childhood growing up in an Italian family. At her time as Sous Chef, upstairs in the fine dining restaurant. Grossi Florentino was awarded 3 hats by the Age Good Food Guide. Over the past 9 years Marilena has used her experience, knowledge and skills to educate young chefs in attaining their ambitions within the industry. Swinburne TAFE was where it all started and she is currently teaching at Melbourne’s renowned William Angliss Institute.
Alhazmi Shea – Senior Judge
In 2017 we were fortunate to recruit Alhazmi Shea as a Judge in the Golden Plate Awards. Al travelled extensively throughout Australia and Internationally in corporate roles in which hospitality and dinning featured. He drew on this experience as a conscientious Judge in 2017 and 2018, and brought skills and understanding needed to review and provide advice to fine dining restaurants through to the most innovative eateries. Alhazmi passed away in late 2018 and his humour, intelligence, knowledge and love of hospitality will be sadly missed by all who knew him.