JUDGES

Andy Harris

MD / Editor, Jamie Magazine

Andy Harris is founding editor of Jamie magazine, renowned food and travel magazine run by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, and sold in more than 45 countries. Andy began his career at The Sunday Times in the UK. In the late, 1990’s he moved to Australia to work on Vogue Entertaining & Travel during its heyday. He then launched the award-winning Williams-Sonoma Taste magazine in the US before being lured back to Australia to revamp Gourmet Traveller and Wine magazines in 2003.

In addition to his editorial work, Andy’s culinary prowess has gone hand-in-hand. Examples of his great work include catering for a millionaire’s five-day party for 200 guests in Santorini, Greece, lecturing on seafood in Tokyo, authoring the acclaimed book ‘Modern Greek’ and crafting the menu for the set of Baz Luhrmann’s film, Australia. Flavours from a lifetime of travel are infused into his recipes.

As well as working with Jamie Oliver in various TV and book projects, Andy continues to work on some of his own too. You can keep a track of his activities though his Twitter account - @JamieMag_Editor.

David Loftus

Food photographer

Award-winning, and internationally-acclaimed, David Loftus’ photographs for the books of Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo and more have brought food to life for millions of people. For more than 20 years, David’s photographs have been featured in 100 plus books including Jamie Oliver’s international best-sellers. He has also directed television commercials including one of the most successful food ads of all time – a campaign for UK supermarket Sainsbury’s.

In addition to food photography, he has also shot fashion, portraits, landscapes and reportage for the likes of Red magazine, Traveller, Soho House, Pippa Middleton and others. He works closely with the digital photographic brand Hipstamatic and has developed the most successful downloadable camera pack to date – the “Loftus Lens”.David has won numerous awards over the years including European Portrait & Garden Photographer of the Year.

Currently, he is part of the judging panel of Garden Photographer and Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards. Twitter handle - @lordloftus.

Kunal Kapur

Chef

Kunal Kapur is one of the most celebrated faces of Indian cuisine today. He is chef extraordinaire, TV show host, winner of several culinary awards and the author of ‘A Chef in Every Home’. Kunal has been recognised amongst the Best Chefs in India by National Weekly Magazine - India Today. He has been honoured with National Media network award and Indian television academy award, also titled “Gourmet Guru” as one of the Top chefs of India. He is actively involved in training underprivileged / unemployed youth in cooking and raising funds to make them start their own self-sustained food business, together with United Ways Delhi, which is part of one the biggest NFP (not for profit organisation) in the world.

He was judge on Masterchef India, Junior Masterchef India and was in the judging panel of the semi-finals of Masterchef America with Chef Gordon Ramsey. He was also part of the travel & food show, Pickle Nation and the American travel & food show called “The Foodie comes to America”.

His UAE-based venture is Patiala by Kunal Kapur in Dubai which he helped rebrand in 2015, launching a fabulous new menu and dining concept. Twitter account - @ChefKunalKapurr.

Yann Bernard Lejard

Chef

Born in Paris, Yann Bernard Lejard, has worked across Large Europe covering 15 countries, in one, two, tree Michelin star restaurants and part of the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio including Heinz Winkler in Aschau Germany, Hotel 'Las Duna's in Andalusia, Marbella, Spain, Cheval Blanc Restaurant and River Palace in Russia, and Le Béarn in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was also the finalist for the 'Taittinger Culinary Grand Prix', held in Switzerland. In the region, Yann worked as Chef de Cuisine in GLOW, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and from 2014, as Chef de Cuisine at Plum’s at The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain.

He believes in sticking to one philosophy to master at anything - using the simplest product to the most expensive. Twitter account - @ybltwitt.

AMELIA JOHNSON

Food Photographer

Amelia is a professional food photographer who lives and works in Dubai. She shoots ad campaigns for international food brands like Nutella, Philadelphia, Baskin Robbins, and Puck; menus for restaurants such as Noodle House, Just Falafel, and Coffee, and packaging for Middle Eastern companies like American Garden, Al Ain and Al Rawabi. Amelia started her career assisting top photographers in Dubai before building her portfolio and becoming a specialist food photographer. She is now represented by Magnet Photo Production, a leading photography agency in the region.

When not shooting for clients, she can be found at any one of the many organic farms in the UAE working on a personal project documenting local food heroes, on her yoga mat, in the kitchen, or shooting for an NGO ‘Monyati’ that she works very closely with. Her passion for people and her inquisitive nature has led her to shoot for charity organisations all over the world. Last checked, she has visited more than 65 countries.

You can see where she is and what she’s shooting right now on her Instagram handle,@ameliajohnson1.

Phil Weymouth

Photographer

Phil Weymouth has had a long association with the Middle East and a varied, sometimes exciting, photographic career. He now lives and works in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he comes from a newspaper background working for several large media companies, including, News Corp and Rural Press.

Phil has spent several years working for Lonely Planet as a photo editor and travel photographer.

If you wish to learn more about him, hop on to his website.

Sally Prosser

Food Blogger Dubai

Sally Prosser is a blogger and author of food and travel blog My Custard Pie based in Dubai, UAE. UK’s Independent named the site as the top 50 food blogs (UK daily newspaper) as well as local daily in the UAE, The National, voted it the best food blogs in the UAE. She was also voted BBC Good Food ME Blogger of the year 2014.

Sally has collaborated with food photographer and stylist Meeta K Wolff to run several food photography and styling workshops in Dubai and has been a member of various panel discussions at blogger conferences. An Instagram fan, she enjoys the challenge of capturing food and travel with her iPhone owing to her keen interest in mobile photography. Sally is also a food lover and prefers eating food that uses ‘the best, freshest, tastiest ingredients cooked from scratch.’

To learn what she’s upto next and see what she has been up to all this while, visit her blog site. Twitter account - @mycustardpie

William Hondokusumo

Food Photographer

Born and living in Surabaya, Indonesia, William Hondokusumo is an award-winning professional food photographer. He won the top place at the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the year 2014, for ‘An Apple a day’ Category.

He is also a contributor for stockfood, the world's leading food image stock agency, as well as other agencies.

You can follow him on Instagram handle, @enog_foodphotography.