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The Judges

Across the Foodie Awards we are looking for guest judges to support in each category. These judges will be local experts from the food and drink and hospitality sectors.

The award categories will be judged in different ways depending on how best to determine the finalists and winners. Some will be on Public vote, others on taste tests, experience, interview or performance.

Would you like to be a judge? Email with your details for consideration. 



Russell Allen - MD Aubrey Allen  
Andreas Antona - Simpsons Restaurant - The Cross Kenilworth 
Glynn Purnell - Purnells 
John Stapleton - Entrepreneur 


Streetfood Trader of the Year

Chris Hardy AKA - The Fat Foodie - is a multi-award-winning influencer and street food expert. Chris started his social media accounts because of his love of food, then with a fast-growing following decided to put them to good use to support local and independent businesses that don’t get the same exposure as big chains.


Artisan Drink Producer 

David Kelham - Managing Director Excelerate Resources

David is ‘deep in drink’, having been working with drinks companies all his life. He has had
board level experience in Asia and Europe in both the retail, leisure and beverage industry.
He has experience of building brands in beer, spirits and soft drinks before moving to work in
helping companies in that sector build successful teams. He has lived in Warwickshire for over 20 years and is a keen supporter of local producers.



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  Russell Allen                        Andreas Antona


Glynn Purnell                          John Stapleton 

 The Fat Foodie    


  David Kelham