Your 2017 Award Judges
Kevin Moloney – Lead Judge
Kevin Moloney is an international food, wine and travel writer and founding Australasian chairman of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association head-quartered in California. Kevin has travelled the globe extensively sampling the finest food, wine and accommodation the world has to offer and is currently featuring in Channel Nine’s high-rating “Travel Guides” TV series.
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.
David Veal is a multi Award winning chef who has worked with many of the greats in hospitality. He is currently using his skills and experience to train the next generations of great chefs at The Gordon (Insitute of TAFE) in Geelong.
David is passionate about customer service and has owned and managed successful Award-winning restaurants. A former English Butler his insights into hospitality are being shared with restaurateurs through the Golden Plate Awards program and will feature in his forthcoming book on customer service.
Lewis is our judge with a special interest in 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.
Richenda has been a chef for over 19 years, and worked 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.