In order to win an award, you have to impress the judges! Find out more about the experts judging Select Lincolnshire Awards 2019 below. 


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Dean Cross – Waterside Shopping Centre Manager

Dean is The General Manager of The Waterside Shopping Centre based in Lincoln City Centre.  Dean has held this post for just under three years, prior to which he had spent 29 years in retail management, with this predominantly being food retail.

In the last three years, Dean has seen The Waterside Shopping Centre through a number of changes including improvements to the entrances including access and cosmetic improvements, improvements to the exterior of the centre and the introduction of a number of new tenants, which more recently have been Savers and Lincoln City Football Club. 

Dean’s retail management experience prior to his current role, was predominantly food retail with a number of large well known brands.

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Darren Rogan - Local Chef

"I am the Chef Director of ‘by Darren Rogan’. 

Having started training aged 15 I immediately fell in love with the industry. Despite working in kitchens for 17 years now my passion hasn’t waned. I continue to enjoy using different ingredients, trying new and unusual flavour combinations and using modern cooking techniques.

As a Proud Yellowbelly, using fresh, local, seasonal produce wherever possible is really important to me as I believe it captures the time of year and enhances the flavour of the dish. There’s such a variety and such great quality produce here in the county it would be silly to look elsewhere. I use local meats, fish, veg and cheeses which I feel helps to include a unique sense of Lincolnshire into the dishes I create.  

To me the perfect plate of food is as impressive visually as its tastes with a perfect balance of colours, textures and flavours I like to research different ingredients, cultures and modern food trends to create innovative and quirky new dishes. 

I specialise in bespoke private dining and offering my clients a bit of a different culinary experience. 

Over the years I’ve developed my own eclectic style of cooking. I enjoy pushing boundaries with my work, using modern techniques and new and unusual flavour combinations to create food that’s exciting and original."

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Mathew Thompson – University of Lincoln

Mat Thompson has worked in the food sector for over 20 years. He has advised organisations through UNIDO projects on effective supply chain, HACCP, traceability, authenticity and hygiene management whilst working on projects with fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood and drinks sectors and also supported Greek Food specialists in the lead up to the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Further work on production and technical projects with industry continues, delivering accredited and recognised professional programmes, assisting colleagues at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) in areas of Food Analysis, Sustainability and Insights and Robotics and Automation, accessing collaborative national and regional research funding.

NCFM currently offer focussed support for SME businesses in Lincolnshire on innovation support packages across the food supply chain, giving eligible SME businesses access to European Regional Development Funds to support product, process development and innovation, whilst working with industry to access NCFM’s successful degree apprenticeships in food science and technology, manufacturing operations and supply chain and short course provision.

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Judy Lyon – Lincolnshire Co-op

"I’m a Category Manager for Lincolnshire Co-op and a big part of my role is helping to develop our popular Love Local range. It’s the perfect fit for me because I’m passionate about what we produce in this area.

From cheese to chutney, bread to beer and everything in-between – we even stock locally-made curry pastes! In fact, across our food stores, we have over 200 products from more than 60 local suppliers and we’re proud to say the Love Local range is always growing.

We work closely with our suppliers, offering support with marketing, advice on packaging, and encouraging innovation. Bringing together ideas and energy like this not only provide shoppers with a great product – it helps grow the local economy.

It’s great to work with so many inspiring producers and to see them go from strength to strength, not only within our business but throughout Lincolnshire and beyond.

Last year, sales of the range grew by 45%. We ‘Love Local’ and we’re delighted that our customers do, too."

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Sarah Duxbury – Lincolnshire Showground (LAS)

Sarah Duxbury joined the Lincolnshire Showground over two and a half years ago as their Business Development Manager.

She has over 15 years’ experience of managing a wide variety of events including a number of business exhibitions and award ceremonies for over 500 guests and since working at the Lincolnshire Showground she has expanded her knowledge of the events industry, in particular for large scale outdoor events that the Showground is well known for.

The Lincolnshire Showground is also home to the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, a charitable organisation whose objectives are to educate the county about food, farming and a sustainable environment.

Sarah’s valued experience of award ceremonies and judging processes along with the core values of the agricultural society and her own passion for the county and the businesses within it makes her a great judge for the Select Lincolnshire Awards.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact our events team [email protected] or on 01522 523333

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