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

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. 

We're delighted to welcome a number of local industry leaders to the judging panel for 2020 Australian Food Awards (Garlic), including:

Head Judge Penny Woodward

Penny is a garden writer and presenter who has written nine books including her award winning Herbs for Australian Gardens and Community Gardens and also the new book Tomato know sow grow feast written with two co-authors. Penny is the horticultural editor for, and also writes freelance articles on edible and useful plants for the ABC’s Organic Gardener magazine, Diaries and Calendars. She takes all her own photographs and writes for her own websites www.australiangarlic.net.au and www.pennywoodward.com.au. Penny is the patron of the Herb Society of Victoria and a life member of the Australian Garlic Industry Association. Penny’s best-selling book is Garlic, An organic guide to knowing, growing and using garlic.

Penny will be joined by Damian Sandercock, Siu Ling Hui and Trevor Gray in February.