Good Food Awards

Good Food Awards Judges 2012


Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing
Daniel Capra, Head Chef at Paula Le Duc Fine Catering
Gwen Conley, Quality Assurance Director at Port Brewing Company/Lost Abbey
Christian DeBenedetti, Author of The Great American Ale Trail
Megan Flynn, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for Beer West Magazine
Joseph Kaulbach, Northern California Regional Specialty Coordinator of Whole Foods Market
Johanna Kramer, Author and Blogger of Durham Foodie
Michael Lucas, Founder of Lime Ventures
Cal Peternell, Head Chef at the Chez Panisse Café
Michael Pollan, Author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and Food Rules
Sean Paxton, Chef of Homebrew Chef
Jerry James Stone, Author of Green Wine Guide
Carl Sutton, Owner and Founder of Sutton Cellars
Dr. Bill Sysak, Beverage Supervisor at Stone World Bistro


Bruce Aidells, Cookbook Author, Bruce Aidells’s Complete Book of Pork
Maddy Beckwith, Market Coordinator for Freshfarm Markets
Cary Bernstein, Architect and Designer of Slow Food Nation’s Charcuterie Exhibit
Jamie Bissonnette, Chef and Co-owner of Coppa
David Budworth, “Dave the Butcher” at Avedano’s and Marina Meats
Christian Caiazzo, Owner of Osteria Stellina
Tanya Cauthen, Founder of Belmont Butcher
Brenda Crow, Founder of FoodShed
John Fink, Chef and Proprietor at The Whole Beast
Matthew Mestemacher, Northern California Regional Prepared Foods Coordinator of Whole Foods Market
Carrie Oliver, Founder of Artisan Beef Institute
Berlin Reed, Butcher, Chef and Writer behind The Ethical Butcher
Aaron Rocchino, Owner of The Local Butcher Shop
Renato Sardo, Former Director of Slow Food International
Daniella Sawaya, Mobile Food Manager for La Cocina
Guy Sidey, Manager of Five Dot Ranch


Dino Borri, Buyer for Eataly
Sarah Dvorak, Founder and Cheesemonger of Mission Cheese
Gordon Edgar, Cheesemonger for Rainbow Grocery
Janet Fletcher, Author and Columnist for San Francisco Chronicle
Aaron FrenchEco-Chef for The Sunny Side Cafe and Author of The Bay Area Homegrown Cookbook
Jody Lagorio, Owner of C’est Le Cheese
Sam Mogannam, Owner of Bi-Rite Market and Author of Eat Good Food
Jennifer Pelka, Managing Editor of Gilt Taste
David Prior, Communications Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation
Anthea Stoltz, Head Cheesemonger for Bi-Rite Market
Gibson Thomas, Publisher for Edible Marin and Wine Country Magazine
Margo True, Food Editor of Sunset Magazine
Laura Werlin, Author of The New American Cheese and The All American Cheese and Wine Book
Penni Wisner, Author and Kitchen Coach
Clark Wolf, Author of American Cheeses
Daphne Zepos, Author and Cheese Advocate at Essex Cheese


Sara Deseran, Senior Editor and Food Editor at 7×7 Magazine
Tara Duggan, Food and Wine Writer for the SF Chronicle
Celeste Flores, Manager of Fog City News
Gary Guittard, Owner of Guittard Chocolates
Alice Medrich, Three-time James Beard and IACP “Cookbook of the Year” Awards Winner
John Scharffenberger, Co-founder of Scharffen Berger Chocolate
Adam Smith, Owner of Fog City News


Tracy Allen, Founder and CEO of Brewed Behavior
Andrew Barnett, Founder of Ecco Caffe
Aleco Chigounis, Green Coffee Buyer for Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Peter Giuliano, Director of Coffee at Counter Culture Coffee
Mie Hansen, Green Coffee Buyer for 49th Parallel Roasters
Jennifer Howell, Director of Coffee Sourcing & Development of George Howell Coffee Company
Ben Kaminsky, Director of Quality Control for Ritual Coffee Roasters and US Cup Tasting Champion
Tony Konecny, Founder of
Jason Long, Green Coffee Buyer for Café Imports
Edwin Martinez, Producer for Finca Vista Hermosa in Guatemala
Anette Moldvaer,  SCAE World Taster’s Cup Champion from Square Mile Coffee
Tal Mor, Head Roaster of Four Barrel Coffee
Geoff Watts, Vice President of Coffee & Green Coffee Buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee


Nick Balla, Head Chef at Bar Tartine
Rachel Cole, Avid Pickler and Hunger-Satisfier at
Case Fischer, CEO & President of Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc.
Michelle Fuerst, Pickles Curator for Slow Food Nation and former Culinary Fellow at Montalvo Center for the Arts
Jennifer Fukui, Buyer for Gilt Taste
Jane Goldman, Editor-in-Chief at
Dava Guthmiller, CEO and Creative Director at Noise 13
Erica Holland-Toll, Executive Chef at Prather Meat Co. – American Eatery
Peter Jacobsen, Culinary Gardener and Owner of Jacobsen Orchards
Brad Koester, Founder and Master Pickler at Boozely Pickles and Preserves
Dafna Kory, Founder of INNA Jam
David Lannon, Northern California Regional President of Whole Foods Market
Aaron London, Executive Chef at Ubuntu
Nicole Mason, Marketing Communications Manager at Veritable Vegetable
Allison McQuade, Owner of McQuade’s Celtic Chutneys
Barton Seaver, National Geographic Fellow and Sustainable Fish Expert
Fiona Tang, Community Manager for Foodspotting
Amber Turpin, Food Writer for Civil Eats


Jean Armstrong, Brand Marketing Manager for Williams Sonoma
Vanessa Barrington, Author of DIY Delicious and Co-author of Heirloom Beans
Eleanor Bertino, Owner of Eleanor Bertino Public Relations
Christopher Bleidorn, Pastry Chef at Benu Restaurant
Jim Dodge, Director of Bon Appétit Management Company San Francisco
Kitty Greenwald“Slow Food Fast” columnist for the Wall Street Journal
Casey Havre, Founder of Loulou’s Garden
Deborah Kane, Vice President of Food and Farms at Ecotrust
Neil Lick, Vice President of Retail Merchandising for Williams Sonoma
Aida Mollenkamp, Host of Food Crafters
Nell Newman, Founder of Newman’s Own Organics
Samin Nosrat, Cook, Writer and Co-Founder of Pop Up General Store
Emily Olson, Co-Founder of
Ruth Reichl,  Editorial Advisor for Gilt Taste
Amaryll Schwertner, Owner and Chef of Boullette’s Larder
Dave Stockdale, Executive Director of CUESA
June Taylor, Owner of June Taylor Company
Bryant Terry, Author of Grub and Vegan Soul Kitchen
Jessica Theroux, Author of Cooking with Italian Grandmothers
Alice Waters, Founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard
Wendy Weiden, Food Consultant and Former Buyer for Williams Sonoma
William Werner, Chef and Founding Partner of Outfit Generic
Ann Yonkers, Co-Director FRESHFARM Markets


Erik Adkins, Bar Manager of Slanted Door
Scott Beattie, Bar Manager at Spoonbar and Author of Artisanal Cocktails
Konrad Bouffard, Owner of Round Rock Honey
Richard Brandenburg, Director of Culinary Strategy for Edens & Avant
Martin Cate, Owner of Smuggler’s Cove
Jennifer Colliau, Owner of Small Hand Foods
David Driscoll, Spirits Buyer for K&L Wines
Camper English, Spirits Writer for Alcademics Blog
Emily Kaiser, Freelance Writer for Wall Street Journal and Food and Wine Magazine
Dennis Lapuyade, Manager of Trattoria Corso
Adam Rogers, Senior Editor of Wired Magazine
Adam Sah, Co-Owner of Buyer’s Best Friend
Jennifer Seidman, Owner of Acme Bar
Aaron Gregory Smith, Owner of 15 Romolo
Adrian Stratton, Head of Merchandising at Gilt Taste
Thad Vogler, Owner of Bar Agricole