Each year a panel of experts from the food and hospitality industry are specifically selected to judge the Food Porn Awards. This year, for the first time, 60 shortlisted entries will be put to a public vote, to decide the final 12 dishes. Once professionally shot by the team at STM Photography, it is then up to the expert judges to select the final winners for the Fine Dining and Casual Dining categories.
Henry Stephenson, Managing Director of Stephensons, developed a rich background in the food and drink industry before joining the family business in 2005. Initially joining as Marketing Director, Henry became Managing Director in 2009 and prides himself on keeping ahead of the curve in pursuit of the hottest food trends and presentation developments.
With a passion for food in general, Henry has a soft spot for traditional dishes and would love to see modern twists on classic meals in this year’s Food Porn Awards.
Lauren runs the award-winning North East based independent food blog, Scran on the Tyne. Established in 2013, it focuses on the best food, drink and hospitality the North East (and occasionally further afield) has to offer, with honest and impartial reviews.
Since its inception, Scran on the Tyne has been regionally and nationally applauded by the likes of Hungry House, French Connection, The Journal and BBC Good Food, and Lauren herself has won acclaim in the shape of the Top 50 under 30 women in digital 2015, curated by The Drum.
Karen is a freelance food & travel writer, recipe developer and food stylist. She is a member of the prestigious Guild of Food Writers and regularly contributes to a variety of print publications and online recipe sites, as well as creating bespoke recipes for numerous major brands. In addition to writing for her own blog, the award winning Lavender and Lovage, she also writes for Great British Chefs and runs a seasonal cookery school in SW France.
Jo came to food writing via a very long career in advertising and a not so long one in education. Always a food lover she developed her culinary skills at an early age, guided by her Grandma.
Recently seen on BBC One’s ‘Yes Chef!’ working alongside some of the country’s best Michelin starred chefs.
Yvonne previously worked in the food and drink industry for more than twenty years, including managing and helping to launch venues including Reform, Restaurant Bar & Grill, Lounge 10 and One Central Street. She also co-owned Soup Kitchen, Thomas Restaurant & Bar, and The Bay Horse.
Her love of food then kick-started her writing career three years ago, when she launched her own website My Manchester Diary. She worked as Food Editor at Viva magazine and in 2016 began writing for I Love Manchester covering food and drink, and just about anything of interest happening in Manchester. She was Assistant Editor there until recently when she has gone back to working freelance, writing mainly about food across Manchester.
Corin previously worked in sustainability, with a focus on sustainable food and food waste, for a number of years. She started as a project manager for Environmental Strategy at Manchester City Council, and moved to freelance work at the start of 2011. Corin is now director of The Real Junk Food Project, a project that intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into healthy, nutritious meals for anyone and everyone, with a focus on those in need on a pay-as-you-feel basis.
Oliver founded Shoot the Moon, a full-service creative agency, in 1997 and has been at the helm as it has grown to become a specialist supplier to the food, drink and hospitality sectors. Oliver is passionate about the first-class food scene in the North West and is eager to celebrate this.
Tara is Director of The Yorkshire Food Guide, a recognised online destination showcasing the best restaurants, foodie events and award-winning street food from across the Yorkshire region. As well as an online directory the Yorkshire Food Guide is also a live foodie news and reviews hub. Established in May 2016 their audience has quickly grown due to working with the best in the business, from Michelin Starred restaurants to incredible Asian street food. Tara is also a Food Writer for popular travel and lifestyle magazine House of Coco.
Lee is founder editor of Manchester’s Finest, a media platform dedicated to supporting the ever expanding independent food and drink ecology within Manchester. Over the last 7 years Lee has eaten at every venue the city has housed, sampled thousands of dishes and photographed it all for both online and off-line use.
Renate has worked in consumer and custom magazines for over 20 years in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. Now back in the UK, she works as a freelance editor, writer and photographer. Editor of Food and Travel magazine and editor in Chief of Food and Travel UK and Deutsch (2 years to June 2016), she also launch edited E1Life magazine for East London. More recently she is co-editing Visit Britain's Imagination magazine and writing features for a new BBC magazine launch as well as working on a foodie adventures guide to appear in The Times and Sunday Times. Renate also contributes lifestyle features and photography to major glossies and newspapers including Food and Travel. She lives for great people, travel, photography, fabulous food, fashion, sport, beach walks and blue skies.