A highlight on the industry calendar, the awards showcase the best of the best amongst New Zealand’s food and beverage industry.

For over 30 years, our finalists and winners have demonstrated innovation, creativity and excellence right across the food value chain, to the delight of partners and consumers both nationwide and around the world. Selected from our category winners, the Supreme winner is chosen for their quality and relevance of marketing used, product development process, use of technological skills, incorporation of appropriate nutritional and health attributes, level of innovation, packaging design and product attributes.

Our Judges

With 30 years of experience we have the knowledge to judge the best of the best


Our judges come from a wide range of food-related backgrounds including retail, food service, restaurant and catering, nutrition, food writing, packaging and product development backgrounds.Every year, they have the unenviable task of narrowing down hundreds of entries and deciding who represents the innovation and creativity Kiwi F&B is so well known for.

Every year, The New Zealand Food Awards calls for consumer judges to join our experts in deciding who the best of the best will be. Follow us on facebook so you don’t miss out!

Celebrity Judges

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Geoff Scott

Acclaimed chef Geoff Scott has been delighting kiwi diners with his unique style of cuisine, melding the finest European style of cooking with fresh New Zealand produce for over a decade.

Geoff trained under the famous Roux brothers, Alain Ducasse and Michel Rostang, and in restaurants across Europe, before returning to New Zealand in 2005 and taking ownership of his own highly successful restaurant Vinnies in Herne Bay.

Currently Geoff is consulting and lecturing, judging food competitions across the country, and is a regular contributor to BITE magazine.
About to embark on a new phase of education and specialised cooking services, Geoff warmly welcomes anyone interested in good food to check out his menus, tips and tricks, and what he’s got planned coming up.

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Ray McVinnie

Through his years behind in restaurant kitchens, magazine columns, lecturing at AUT and judging on MasterChef, Ray McVinnie has taught many New Zealanders a thing or two about cooking. Ray is one of New Zealand’s most respected authorities on food and is Bite’s consulting food director.

Consumer Judges

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Dr John Mansell

James & Wells IP

James & Wells Business Innovation Award

Technical and Special Award Judges

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Kay McMath

Head Judge

Kay is a consultant to the food industry with wide experience in tasting not only ingredients but consumer goods. She has trained taste panels for the meat, horticultural and food industries since 1987 and is the Chief Judge for both the NZ Juice & Beverages Awards and the NZ Ice Cream Manufacturers’ Awards.

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Dr Abby Thompson

Riddet Centre

Healthy products and manufacturing capability

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Dr Carol Wham

Massey University

Healthy products


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Alistair Sayers

NZ Packaging Council


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Craig Armstrong


NZTE Export Innovation Award

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Alasdair Baxter


FoodBowl Best Novel Food or Beverage Award