Judges for the Australian Food Awards are selected from across Australia and are engaged based on their exceptional industry knowledge and expertise.

2019 Garlic Judging

Judging for the garlic category of the 2019 Australian Food Awards has taken place in February, and we were delighted to welcome a number of local industry leaders to the judging panel for this year’s Australian Food Awards - garlic class, including:

Head Judge, Penny Woodward

Penny is a garden writer and presenter who has written seven books including her award-winning Herbs for Australian Gardens and Community Gardens. Her most recent book is Garlic, An organic guide to knowing, growing and using garlic. Penny is the horticultural editor for, and also writes freelance articles on edible and useful plants for, the ABC’s Organic Gardener magazine, Essential Guides, Diaries and Calendars and website. Penny also writes for her own websites australiangarlic.net.au and pennywoodward.com.au. She is the patron of the Herb Society of Victoria, a board member of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and on the management committee of the Horticultural Media Association, Vic.

Siu Ling Hui
Malaysian-born, Chinese freelance food writer, Siu Ling has written for various publications including Good Weekend, The Age “Epicure” (now Good Food) and Gourmet Wine magazine, as well as authored “Queen Victoria Market – History, Recipes, Stories” (Wakefield Press) and “In Praise of Prunes – History & Stories” (Kindle). She was also a reviewer and part of the Editorial Panel for The Age “Good Food Guide”, as well as a reviewer for Cheap Eats Guide. Siu Ling has designed and organised various events for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, presented at several events at Tasting Australia, and writes her own blog - foodstuff.hubpages.com.

Daniel Airo and Ian Magnus will also join the 2019 program as judges for garlic.

View the 2018 garlic results here.

Judging Process

Judging for the AFA takes place in February, July and August, with different products judged in different months based on seasonality. 

Each class will be assigned to a judging panel, who will blind taste the entries. 

In the initial tasting round, all exhibits will be scored on the basis of points allocated by each judge. A product awarded 90 - 100 points will receive a gold medal, 82 - 89 points a silver and 74 - 81 a bronze. 

The highest scoring gold in each class will be awarded Best in Class and each Best in Class-winning product will be eligible for a category Champion Trophy. 

2019 Australian Food Awards - Garlic entries open 27 November 2019

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