2016

Judges

  • Charles Metcalfe
    Chairman of the judges

    Author of numerous books including the Award-winning Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal, Wine Writer, Presenter, Co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, and occasional blogger.
    thewinesinger.blog.co.uk

  • Tim Atkin MW

    Tim Atkin MW is a UK wine writer, presenter and photographer with an international following. He writes for Harpers, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Woman and Home, Jamie Magazine, Imbibe, Decanter and The World of Fine Wine, is a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge and one of the Three Wine Men with Oz Ckarke and Olly Smith. His award-winning website, timatkin.com, is widely read, quoted and re-Tweeted.

    Tim has won over 30 awards for his journalism and photography, including (most recently) the 2015 Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year Award and the 2014 Fortnum  & Mason On Line Drink Writer of the Year. In 2012 he was recognised as one of the ten most influential people in the wine world by Wine Intelligence.
    Tim is respected for his amusing and often controversial presentational style and is regularly invited to speak at wine events around globe, most recently the inaugural Cata del Barrio de la Estacíon in Haro, the Doña Paula Terroir seminar in Sao Paolo and the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration.
    Tim enjoys collecting photography, keeping fit and singing. A fluent French and Spanish speaker,  he holds a BA from Durham University in French and a Masters (with distinction) from the London School of Economics in European Studies. In 1993 he was a European Union fellow on the Paris-based Journalists in Europe programme. In 2001 he passed the Master of Wine examination at the first attempt, winning the Robert Mondavi Award. He is a Caballero del Vino, a Chevalier du Tastevin and a member of the Ordre du Bontemps.

  • Fiona Beckett

  • Sarah Jane Evans MW

  • Bill Knott

    Bill Knott started his career as a chef before co-founding the food and drink magazine Eat Soup in 1995. He has since written for a host of magazines and newspapers worldwide, including stints as restaurant critic for the Daily Telegraph, BBC Good Food and BA High Life and – in his present incarnation – The Gannet in the Financial Times. He is also the author of Con Gusto, a book about the history of Italian food in the UK, from the Romans to the River Café and beyond.

    He has written the monthly Masterclass column in Restaurant magazine for the last ten years, featuring a host of top chefs cooking their favourite dishes. He is also the wine columnist for The Oldie, has led food and wine tours to Champagne, Bordeaux, the Rhône, the Loire and Sicily, and researches and writes the wine lists for the two Modern Pantry restaurants in Clerkenwell and Finsbury Square.

    Bill has also featured frequently on television and radio, appearing several times as a judge on The Great British Menu and a pundit on Daily Politics, as well as on Radio 4’s The Food Programme and Today. When not travelling the world in pursuit of great food and wine, or as an ambassador for the international humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger, he lives in West London, surrounded by cookbooks. He never skips lunch.