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Our superstar panel of 38 judges includes chefs, authors, editors, bloggers, farmers, gardeners, activists and other esteemed professionals in the food world. Get to know them below.

2018 EDDYs Judges

  • LaManda Joy of the Peterson Garden Project

    LaManda Joy

    LaManda Joy is an award-winning Master Gardener and the founder and executive director of Peterson Garden...
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  • Deborah Madison

    Deborah Madison is the author of 14 cookbooks and countless articles on food, cooking, and farming. She is...
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  • Erin Coopey, chef, cookbook author, and cooking instructor

    Erin Coopey

    Erin Coopey is a chef, cookbook author, and cooking instructor in Seattle.After receiving her culinary degree...
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  • Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch, Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Sheila Bowman

    Trained as a marine scientist and passionate about conservation, Sheila’s current work focuses educating and...
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  • vivian howard

    Vivian Howard

    Born in Deep Run, NC, to tobacco and hog farming parents, Vivian Howard learned early on to appreciate the ebb...
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  • Editor Renee Sedliar

    Renee Sedliar

    A professional book editor for 18 years, Renee acquires and edits in a wide range of categories, including...
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  • Tenaya and Andre Darlington, co-authors of The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Cocktails

    André Darlington

    André Darlington has been writing about the cocktail revolution from a front-row barstool for over a...
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  • Stephanie Burt, the Southern Fork

    Stephanie Burt

    A native North Carolinian, Stephanie grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, on good Southern cooking and lots of...
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  • Sherri Brooks Vinton, best-selling author, public speaker and spokesperson

    Sherri Vinton

    Sherri's books, lectures, and workshops have taught countless eaters how to have a more delicious life. Her...
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  • Adam Spiegel

    Adam Spiegel was born and raised in San Francisco, and from a young age experienced the bounty that Sonoma...
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  • Tom Hunt, food-waste activist, writer and eco chef

    Tom Hunt

    Tom Hunt is an award winning eco-chef and author, working on projects to revive our cooking heritage and...
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  • Shawn Steiman, coffee scientist, consultant, author, and entrepreneur

    Shawn Steiman

    Shawn is a coffee scientist, author, and consultant. He's a graduate of Oberlin College as well as the...
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  • barry estabrook two time james beard award winning journalist

    Barry Estabrook

    A three-time James-Beard-Award-winning journalist, Estabrook is the author of Pig Tales: An Omnovore’s Quest...
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  • Alison Cayne of Havens Kitchen

    Alison Cayne

    Alison Cayne is the owner of Haven’s Kitchen, a cooking school, café, and event space in New York City. Alison...
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  • The Pollan women, authors of The Pollan Family Table

    Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan

    Corky, Lori, Dana and Tracy Pollan are authors of The Pollan Family Table.  Corky Pollan has had a...
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  • Emily Han, writer, recipe developer, and educator

    Emily Han

    Emily Han is a writer, recipe developer, and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the author of Wild...
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  • meike peters, eat in my kitchen

    Meike Peters

    Eat in My Kitchen is the 2017 James Beard Award Winner for General Cooking. Meike Peters is the Berlin-based...
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  • Chef Ned Bell, Chefs for Oceans

    Ned Bell

    Cook, Author, and Founder of Chefs for Oceans in 2014. Ned is passionate about creating globally inspired...
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  • Diane Blazek

      For more than 20 years, Diane has been immersed in gardening both personally and professionally. She...
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  • chef norman van aken

    Norman Van Aken

      Norman Van Aken has been described as “the culinary Titan of Florida” and “the founding father of New...
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  • Allison Day

    As a California transplant by the way of the Midwest, Allison Day believes that a well-made meal can turn the...
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  • Warren Bobrow, author, cook, barman, spirits consultant

    Warren Bobrow

    Warren Bobrow is the creator of the popular blog and the author of Cannabis Cocktails,...
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  • Lisa McManus, executive tasting and testing editor at Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines

    Lisa McManus

    Lisa McManus is an executive editor in charge of equipment testing and ingredient tasting at Cook’s...
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  • gail pabst, national garden bureau

    Gail Pabst

    Gail Pabst is the marketing coordinator for National Garden Bureau and All-America Selections organizations....
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  • Beth Le Manach

    Beth Le Manach

    Beth Le Manach has been cooking and entertaining for over 20 years. Her cooking philosophy is “minimal effort...
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  • Amanda Feifer, founder of, author of Ferment Your Vegetables & EDDY Awards judge

    Amanda Feifer

    Amanda Feifer writes about food fermentation of all kinds on her blog,, and is the author of the...
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  •  Renee Schettler Rossi

    Renee Rossi

    Renee grew up channeling her grandmother, a relentless clipper and tweaker of recipes, and both losing and...
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  • Amanda Miller

    Amanda Miller lives in Chapel Hill, N.C. She has a master’s degree in arts administration from Columbia...
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  • Twilight Greenaway, managing editor of Civil Eats

    Twilight Greenaway

    Twilight Greenaway has been writing and editing for the web since 2000. Her work has appeared in the New York...
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  • Nick Malgieri, baker, author & EDDY Awards Judge. Photo by Romulo Yanes.

    Nick Malgieri

    Nick Malgieri is the author of 12 books about baking and has been the recipient of both James Beard and Julia...
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  • Danielle Nierenberg is the co-founder and President of Food Tank

    Danielle Nierenberg

    Danielle Nierenberg is President of Food Tank and an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. She has...
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  • Corinne Bourdeau

    Corinne Bourdeau is the founder and president of 360 Degree Communications, a boutique entertainment marketing...
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  • Josh McWilliams

    Josh McWilliams is a chef by training and a foodie to the core. He was the instigator of GrowOya and remains an...
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  • Amy Kimoto-Kahn, author of Simply Ramen

    Amy Kimoto-Kahn

    Amy Kimoto-Kahn was born in Fullerton, California and now lives with her family in the San Francisco...
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  • Mi Ae Lipe

    Born in South Korea, Mi Ae Lipe grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she first became interested in...
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  • Carlo De Vito of Hudson Chatham Winery

    Carlo DeVito

    Carlo DeVito is a lifelong publishing executive, as well as one of the most experienced wine, beers, and...
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  • Wendy Ruopp, managing editor of EatingWell

    Wendy Ruopp

    Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. She's been around since "the...
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  • Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, cooks, authors, and co-founders of Canal House

    Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer

    Christopher Hirsheimer (left) and Melissa Hamilton—the women behind Canal House—are home...
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