Previous judges

Clive WoodbridgeClive Woodbridge

Clive Woodbridge is a freelance journalist with nearly 30 years experience. While his main area of specialty is shipping and transport, he has been the Deputy Editor on Spice Business for over ten years and in that time has written extensively about developments in the curry industry.

He has been a judge for the British Curry Awards since they were established and has carried out a number of visits to nominated restaurants in recent years.

Clive is also a local councillor and is currently chairman of the ruling Residents Association group on Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

James WhaleJames Whale

Radio and TV host James Whale is an all-round media personality, who is a well known and much respected as a presenter of topical current affairs phone-in programmes. He has worked across national, regional and local radio and is a familiar face on terrestrial and satellite television across the UK. He currently hosts the Drivetime show for London’s leading talk station, LBC Radio, and is a self-confessed ‘curryholic’.

Together with his wife Melinda, James visits spice restaurants wherever he goes. He is also a great supporter of the industry and has been a regular guest at the British Curry Awards. His recently released autobiography ‘Almost Famous’ includes reference to some of his favourite’s restaurants and Indian food; perhaps you should treat yourself to a copy! The James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer this year staged another successful Britain’s Biggest Curry Party in October, to raise funds, and is planning another, even bigger and better, for 2012.

Alan ConnorAlan Connor

Alan Connor is the current Vice Chancelier Argentier (Treasurer) of the Chaine’s Thames Valley Baillage and has been a Chaîne member since 2002. Alan’s commercial banking background brought him into contact with many clients in the catering profession, through which he developed a particular interest in Asian and Oriental cuisine. Over the years, he has been instrumental in financing the start-up and expansion of many Bangladeshi food businesses throughout England and Wales.

Married to a New Zealander, he is a frequent visitor “down under” and an enthusiastic advocate of Southern hemisphere food and wine. Since retirement from banking, Alan has worked as a self-employed business risk consultant.

Derek DysonDerek Dyson

Derek Dyson is an Executive Producer at ITN Productions and over the past few years he has helped raise the profile of the British Curry Awards through the media. Apart from his other major passions in life, making videos and his beloved Arsenal, Derek is passionate about all things to do with curry.

Since his association with the British Curry Awards began he has made it one of his life’s missions to visit as many nominated restaurants as possible. Derek’s favourite curry related moments include eating a Bhuna prior to running a marathon and being offered to have a curry named after him in his local restaurant as he’s eaten it so many times!

Steve MyallSteve Myall

Steve Myall is a features writer for the Daily Mirror. He has 10 years writing for a number of national newspapers covering a range of subjects. As well as current affairs he has an interest in food having taken part and triumphed in a journalist Masterchef as well as covering a restaurant festival in Fort Lauderdale and written articles on sardine fishing and pizza making in Naples.

Away from work he is a keen amateur cook and has just taken on an allotment near his home in south London. Indian food is among his favourite types of cuisine and lamb jalfrezi his most ordered dish although he often suffers from over ordering.

Peter GrovePeter Grove

Editor of Mood Food Magazine and freelance food writer and historian, Peter has appeared on radio and television commenting on ethnic cuisine. Over the years he has worked for the Daily Mail, Daily Express,

Food Essentials, Masala and Spice n’ Easy. He has also judged numerous competitions such as the British Meat Awards, Booker Awards, BIBA and British Curry Awards.

Charlie MonroeCharlie Monroe

After spells with leading wine trader Lawlers’ Ltd. and London-based wine supplier Michael Morgan Ltd. which included dealing with Michelin-starred restaurants. Charlie is still trekking over the globe in search of interesting wines, from quality wine makers, and as a result he brings a valuable and different perspective to the judging panel.

Daniel SteckDaniel Steck

Former Chef and Commander Vice Counseiller Culiniaire of the Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs Daniel Steck now holds the office responsible for promoting and setting international standards. Daniel Steck is clearly a connoisseur of fine cuisine and Asian foods are a particular favorite.

Robert HughesRobert Hughes

Robert has been in the catering industry for 50 years. He has given guest lectures and judged at various catering colleges. He originally joined the Chaine in 1978.