The Crumbs Awards Judges
A panel of impeccably independent Judges are solely responsible for deciding all the Winners. They will give time to go through all the Finalists’ nominations with care.
Adrian Kirikmaa / Food development manager, St Monica Trust
Born, bred and trained in Bristol, Adrian began his career as head chef at Stratford-upon-Avon’s award winning Billesley Manor hotel, and was the inspirational RWE Curriculum Manager at City of Bristol College for 18 years, during which time he helped train many of Bristol’s top chefs.
Adrian is also the co-founder of the School of Food with Josh Eggleton and winner of Best Ambassador for Food 2014. His current role is Food Development Manager at St Monica Trust and he is also heavily involved in local charities. He champions cooking with the local community to reach parts of Bristol that need support.
Alice Bowyer / Group executive chef, Liberation Group and Butcombe Pubs
Alice is the group executive chef at Liberation Group and Butcombe Pubs, with over 40 pubs and hotels across the south west and Channel Islands. This includes The Pig & Fiddle and Broad Street Townhouse in Bath, The Methuen Arms in Corsham, The Cottage & Ostrich in Bristol, The Pelican in Chew Magna and The Swan in Rowberrow.
Alice’s passion and drive for chef development, menu innovation and sustainable food sourcing led to the company winning Best Food Offer at The Publican Awards in March this year.
Briony May / Baker, Great British Bake Off semi-finalist 2018
After years of baking at home and cultivating her creativity and skill, Briony first came to the public’s attention as she launched onto our screens during the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off. Progressing through the competition to the semi-finals, Briony’s humour and warmth, coupled with her resilience and ingenuity saw her become a firm favourite with the audience.
Briony is currently working with Asda’s Good Food magazine, publishing baking recipes for children. She will also be appearing at the Great British Food Festivals and CarFest North later this year.
Larkin Cen / Director, Woky Ko
After growing up in his parents' Chinese takeaway in Cardiff, Larkin had a passion for culinary and in 2013, entered MasterChef, successfully reaching the final.
Larkin entered the restaurant business full-time with his start-up Hokkei in Cardiff. Following its closure, he re-established himself at Celtic Manor with a high-end Asian restaurant concept.
In October 2016, he created a casual diner serving street food from across Asian cuisines, Woky Ko: CARGO.
Fresh Asian flavours, cooked to order, Woky Ko has become a firm favourite serving up bao and noodles. Larkin has since set up two more restaurants in Bristol.
Louise McCrimmon / Head chef, Harvey Nichols
Louise McCrimmon trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, where she learnt the classic techniques that are the backbone of her cooking today. After cooking her way around Burgundy in France, she settled in Yorkshire, and worked her way up through the ranks in the Fourth Floor Restaurant, at Harvey Nichols, Leeds – its first store outside London – and became head chef of the Second Floor Restaurant in Bristol in 2008, where she has really stamped her identity. Louise’s cooking is known for its lightness of touch and well-defined flavours. Her food has character combined with a commitment to seasonality and well-sourced raw ingredients.
Mary Cadogan / Food writer
Mary Cadogan is a renowned food writer and author of 18 cookbooks. For 12 years she was food director of BBC Good Food before making her home in France in search of inspiration and adventure. There she continued her writing career and opened a small bespoke cookery school with her husband Mick which attracted guests from all over the world.
After 10 years in France Mary and her husband are now living in Somerset, cooking for regular pop-up suppers at The Cross at Croscombe and running the village market. You might also find her at artisan markets selling preserves and other edible gifts.
Nadia Thornhill / Herbal development manager, Pukka Herbs
Nadia is the herbal development manager at Pukka Herbs, whose mission is to create a healthier, happier more sustainable world through the power of organic herbs. She has spent over a decade in the food industry developing products for Waitrose, Sainsburys, Tesco, Schwartz and The Bart Ingredients Company, and is currently working on new herbal innovations at Pukka.
With an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art and an MSc in Food Nutrition, Nadia brings her artistic eye to her cooking. When she’s not in the kitchen you’ll find her exploring the independent shops, pop-ups restaurants and older well-loved Bristol establishments.
Owen Morgan / Founder and co-owner, 44 Group
Owen Morgan is founder and co-owner with his brother Tom of the hugely successful 44 Group, a Spanish restaurant group in South Wales and Bristol.
Since launch in 2002, the Bar 44 tapas y copas brand has built up a loyal customer following with a reputation as one of the UK’s best tapas restaurants for modern Spanish cuisine. It combines the best regional Spanish produce with seasonal local ingredients.
Owen was also included as one of the top 50 influencers in the UK restaurant and bar trade. He is one of only 180 certified Sherry educators in the world and the first in Wales.
Philip Mcteer / Head of marketing, Thatchers Cider
Philip has over 20 years of marketing and brand management experience predominantly in the drinks and FMCG sectors, working with some household name brands in beer and spirits. Philip was globally responsible for the portfolio of 12 mainstream blended Scotch whisky, vodka and rum brands at Whyte & Mackay. He was also worked as brand manager on Strongbow cider and Foster's lager.
Two years ago he joined fourth generation and locally based independent family business Thatchers Cider as head of marketing.
Sam Roberts / CEO & co-owner, The Boston Tea Party
CEO & co-owner of The Boston Tea Party, a 22 strong cafe group based in the south west. BTP is on a mission to making things better, for its customers, its people and the planet. BTP was the first group in the UK, if not the world, to ban single use take away coffee cups. Next in the cross hairs are plastic milk bottles and most audaciously it plans to try and drive any single use plastics out of its supply chain. BTP was recently voted The UK’s Most Ethical Café group.