Here at the Marmalade Awards we have always been hugely proud of our Artisan judges, giants in the food industry whose talents have led to the selection of some truly incredible Marmalade Award winners year upon year. Led by our phenomenal head judges Pam ‘the jam’ Corbin and Dan Lepard, our judges have always been wholly dedicated to selecting quality winners, providing constructive feedback and championing the wonderfully unique world of artisan marmalade making. The number of entries and countries involved every year speak to their success.

We are therefore delighted to be welcoming some new faces into the fold; individuals who have been invited for their expertise, knowledge and – of course – love of marmalade. We are sure that entrants will be satisfied to have their marmalade tasted by these experts, and we look forward to welcoming them to the Marmalade Awards, for a judging experience like no other.

Xanthe Clay

Xanthe Clay is the longstanding food writer for the Telegraph and president of the Guild of Food Writers. And if these credentials weren’t enough, she has actually visited the Marmalade Festival in the past, writing an article about the experience. We are very much looking forward to welcoming her back to Dalemain to judge hundreds of jars of her favourite preserve.

Will Torrent

Will Torrent is one of the leading pastry and chocolate experts in the UK with an award-winning patisserie background. Having worked with top chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Jamie Oliver and James Martin, Will is a Consultant Pastry Chef to Waitrose and author of three internationally best-selling books. He is a Judge for the Academy of Chocolate Awards, Quality Food Awards, Great Taste Awards and National Chef of the Year. We are hugely honoured to be welcoming someone with such a wealth of experience to the judging panel and can’t wait to hear his thoughts on the best marmalade selection in the world.

Brigette Hardy

Bridgette Hardy is the Head of Food Buying at Fortnum & Mason, who have been a key supporter of the Marmalade Awards for many years and who we are delighted to announce are once again our headline sponsor in 2018. Together, we share the aims of championing and supporting superb Artisan marmalades and Brigette will not only help to judge the entries, but will choose a selection of Gold winners to receive the coveted prize of being stocked in their famous Piccadilly store.

Jane Stuart Smith

Jane Stuart Smith is the owner of the Whitehouse Restaurant in Lochaline. When Jane moved to the remote Highland peninsula of Morvern she was dismayed by the difficulty in getting her hands on locally grown vegetables, meat and fish.  With her friend Sarah, she opened The Whitehouse Restaurant in the picturesque village of Lochaline in 2003 to change this.  The Whitehouse is a seasonal restaurant which also caters for events at Ardtornish House.   Jane supports Slow Food and their ethos of ‘good, clean and fair’ food.   The Whitehouse has won many accolades since opening including Finalist in the Observer Food Magazine Restaurant of the Year awards and the Good Food Guide’s Scottish Local Restaurant of the Year 2017. We hope she praises our marmalades as highly!

Karyn Noble

As well as being senior editor for the Lonely Planet, Karyn is also a freelance writer who specialises in gourmet food and has written several books on where to find the best foods in the world. She is therefore perfectly placed for judging marmalades that last year came from over 40 countries, with countless exciting ingredients. As an Australian, Karyn also has strong loyalties when it comes to our highly competitive ‘Marmal-Ashes’!

RSVP Magazine

The Marmalade Awards have become famous around the world, but nowhere more so than in Japan, which last year sent so many entries that we were delighted to welcome the Japanese Ambassador to present the prizes at the 2017 Artisan Awards. RSVP Magazine have long been supporters of the Awards, which have been covered many times within their pages, and we are delighted to announce that they will be sending their own food expert to help judge the entries this February.

As well as these fantastic new judges, we are delighted to welcome back many wonderful judges, including Mark Lewis of Mark Lewis Food and Wine and Ivan Day, esteemed Food Historian. We are also very pleased to welcome back Donna Smith, Director of Thursday Cottage, who will once again be producing the winning Homemade marmalade, to be sold at Fortnum & Mason throughout 2018.

For further information and our full panel of judges please visit https://www.dalemain.com/2018-judges/. And to make sure your marmalade is judged by these experts, make sure to get your marmalade to Dalemain by 9th February!