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.
Claire Peeters / Chief Executive, Bristol Food Connections
Claire is the Chief Executive of Bristol Food Connections and Head of Operations at the Sustainable Food Trust. Claire joined Food Connections in September 2017, bringing over 15 years’ experience in charity and voluntary sector management – all gained in food-related roles. Prior to spending seven years at the SFT, Claire was Projects Development Manager at Ecoworks in Nottingham. Claire believes ardently in the power of growing food, cooking and eating together as the ultimate recipe for individual and community wellbeing.
Danny Walker / Co Founder, Psychopomp
Danny Walker is one of half of Psychopomp Micro-Distillery, a much-loved Bristol independent distillery. Psychopomp has operated in Bristol for five years distilling seasonal and bespoke gins as well as absinthe, aqvavite and single origin coffee digestifs. Before launching Psychopomp Danny spent 15 years as a cocktail bartender mixing drinks across the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Danny is an excitable foodie and a lover of all things liquid; he has studied beer, wine and spirits and is a self professed coffee snob. In 2008 Danny won the International Master Bartender of the Year beating 2,600 bartenders from 24 countries.
Genevieve Taylor / Food writer and author
Genevieve Taylor is a Bristol based food writer and author of eight cookery books. An adventurous spirit, her real passion is for cooking with fire and her most recent book The Ultimate Wood Fired Oven Cookbook was published by Quadrille in May 2018. A keen gardener, she is currently rejuvenating an overgrown allotment and hopes to grow enough fruit and vegetables to feed her family as well as use some for the fire-based events company she recently co-founded (@FoodFireEarth).
Jennifer Best / Co-Owner Poco
Jennifer is co-owner of Poco, a British seasonal tapas restaurant in the heart of Stokes Croft. Poco’s mission is to be a part of a positive change in the food system and to contribute to a more sustainable future. Ethical sourcing, strict waste management, and staff training and welfare are amongst the company’s forward-thinking policies that made Poco the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s ‘UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of the Year’ in 2016.
Jennifer is also on the Advisory Board for Catalyse Change CIC, an organisation that supports girls and young women to become change makers and leaders in the Green Economy.
Jenny Chandler / Teacher and food writer
Jenny is a teacher, food writer, speaker and consultant, passionate about inspiring others to source, prepare and eat great food, putting whole grains and pulses firmly back on the menu.
Jenny trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London. Her love of Mediterranean cooking stems from living and working in Barcelona and working on-board an Italian yacht as the chef. This was also the basis for her two Spanish cookbooks.
Jenny is now based in Bristol and determined, through teaching and writing, to introduce everyone to the benefits of eating whole foods, so integral to the Mediterranean diet.
Joe Cussens / Owner, The Bath Pub Company
Joe has worked in the hospitality industry since the age of 14, from starting as a kitchen porter; he now heads up The Bath Pub Company, an independent pub group in Bath that operates four gastropubs. His aim is simple: to run great pubs that people love to visit, and build a company that people love to work for. Joe entered the pub industry in 2006 when he opened The Marlborough Tavern with an old school friend and business partner, Justin Sleath. Two years later they took on The Chequers, followed by The Hare & Hounds, and The Locksbrook Inn opened in May 2016.
Julian Mines / CEO FareShare South West
Julian Mines is CEO of the South West's largest food charity, FareShare South West. The Bristol-based charity fights hunger through tackling food waste by redistributing surplus food from the food industry to schools, charities and community groups across the region. He is also part of the Feeding Bristol programme which brings together organisations from across the city to collaborate on food poverty issues.
Kalpna Woolf / Author
Kalpna Woolf has developed successful food ideas for national and international audiences for the BBC for years. She is an experienced family cook and has published a best-selling book Spice Yourself Slim. Kalpna was instrumental in setting up the biggest food festival in Bristol. In 2013 she won the prestigious Asian Woman of Achievement award. She is founder of 91 Ways to Build A Global City – a project which uses the uniting power of sharing food to bring the 91 language communities of Bristol together to break down barriers and build common ground. In 2018 she was the winner of Crumbs Food Hero Award.
Roger Saul / Founder of Mulberry, Farmer at Sharpham Park
Roger is best known for founding the globally successful designer brand Mulberry, winning three Queens Awards for Export and Classic Designer of the year. Roger also became chairman of the London Designer Collections.
In 1996 he turned his hand to opening Charlton House hotel as the showcase for Mulberry home, winning a Michelin star en route, within its first year.
In 2004 he restored Sharpham Park, creating an organic farm, and spelt product range sold globally. In April 2015 Roger published his second book Spelt, a recipe book celebrating the versatility of the wonder grain.
Romy Gill / Head Chef and Owner, Romy's Kitchen
Romy Gill is head chef and owner of Romy's Kitchen in Thornbury. She is one of the few female Indian chefs and restaurateur owner in the UK. Aside from running a restaurant, Gill is also a food writer and contributes regular articles to many food publications, as well as The Guardian, The Observer and The Telegraph and she is now the recipe columnist for The Independent online.
Romy appears regularly on various TV shows and is a BBC Radio 4 judge and presenter on Food and Farming. Gill was recognised for her achievements and appointed an MBE by the Queen in 2016.
Shonette Laffy / Blogger, A Life Less Organised
Shonette is one of Bristol’s longstanding food bloggers; her blog A Life Less Organised provides comprehensive food event listings and guides to the city. As well as her part-time role as digital marketing manager at Destination Bristol, she also freelances for several local food businesses, and writes for a variety of local websites, including Best of Bristol and Foozie. When she's not writing about her favourite roasts or rum cocktails in Bristol, Shonette is often found in one of the city's cosy pubs, or noseying around the latest new cafe or restaurant.