Meet the Judges

Our seven judges are handpicked from across the country and are each experts in their field. 

Cape Town

Bernadette Le Roux (Above)

Our Gourmet editor has published two cookbooks, has worked in publishing for 15 years and is co-owner of Café Roux in Cape Town.

Caro De Waal

After two years as editor-in-chief at, Caro founded Eat Design, developing bespoke, sensory experiences.

Liz Morris

Editor in Chief of Condé Nast House & Garden, Liz assisted in the judging of the Decor & Design category.


Susan Greig

Susan is a contributor to Gourmet, well-known food personality in Johannesburg and offers regular cooking classes. 

Nothando Moleketi

Founder of and having worked on operations for Zomato, Nothando is a dab hand at reviewing restaurants.


Neil Roake

The force behind Durban’s Freedom Café, Neil is also a cookbook author who travels the world as an avid food tourist. 

Ruth Duke

Durban decorator Ruth Duke has contributed regularly to Condé Nast House & Garden and knows where it’s at when it comes to food in KZN.