Awards Judging Process

The Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2022 were open for entries until 19th June, we accepted both nominations from customers and entries from businesses.

Now the awards have closed for entries, a panel of judges will come together to complete round one of judging and review the entries following the five-point criteria, from this the top four businesses from each category will be shortlisted. Once this process is complete, the shortlisted businesses will be contacted regarding the next stage of the process.

Round two of judging will be completed at the four shortlisted business premises one of three ways depending on the category. An organised meeting between the judges and most suitable representative/s of the shortlisted business on a set date and time. An unannounced visit, the events team will contact the shortlisted business to ensure they are happy to provide a complimentary meal service to the judges, who will then arrive unannounced at any point during the judging timeframe, they will reveal themselves upon payment. Finally, for the Chef of the Year, we will arrange a chef tasting session at your business. We will ask the chef to create a number of choice dishes to showcase their culinary excellence. Following the tasting a short interview will be held between the judges and chef to discuss their dishes, cooking style and career.

For all judging visits, whether an organised meeting, an unannounced visit or a chef tasting session, the judges will submit scores against the set criteria following each meeting. These scores will determine the standings within the category.

All judging will be completed by 12th August. Businesses will be advised if they have been selected as a finalist shortly after. The judges will also supply feedback to each shortlisted business following the awards event.

Finalists will be filmed by Cotswold TV for short videos to be produced to air on the night of the event. 

All finalists will be announced online, via social media in Cotswold Life October edition of the magazine which goes on sale on 23 September.

Our finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony to crown our winners, this will take place on 17th October at Cheltenham Racecourse.