Judges Our judges for 2017Click on the image to see the full biography of the judge. Patricia Thomson Patricia Thomson (Chair)Patricia Thomson, PhD, JP, developed a taste for all kinds of international food during a peripatetic life after a childhood in Scotland. Mridula Baljekar Mridula Baljekar Mridula Baljekar is an award-winning food writer and the best-selling author of 27 cookery books. Keith Best Keith BestCurrently Chief Executive SurvivorsUK Allisandra Galloni Alessandra GalloniGlobal News Editor, Reuters Paul Griffiths DL Paul Griffiths DLPaul is Chairman of The Monastery Manchester, a charity owned, unique heritage events and hospitality venue and community resource. Simon Robinson Simon RobinsonEditor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Reuters Andrew Selley Andrew SelleyCEO, Bidfood UK Chairman, Federation of Wholesale Distributors David Smith David SmithDavid launched The Curry House website in 1996 to share his long - standing passion for curries Kevin Steele Kevin Steele Kevin was recently MD and CEO at Bangladesh Biman Airlines, responsible for all aspects of Biman operations. Dame Joan Stringer Dame Joan StringerIndependent Non-Executive Director and Chair, Former University Vice-Chancellor Shamim Syed Shamim SyedThe executive head chef upholds the dedication to fine Indian cuisine that is Syed legacy, at Durbar Restaurant set in the heart of London. Nigel Stuart Terry Nigel Stuart TerryGreenyard Frozen UK Ltd, Chairman UK.