What happens at the Nourish Awards Judging?


Judged by nutritionists, industry experts & professionals

Elaine Godley – Master Wellness Coach, Author, Health Radio Host, Nutritionist and Behaviour Expert

“The Nourish Food Awards really are the toughest! I know because I had the honour of participating on the judging panel. Being a judge was a great experience, although I wasn’t expecting to work so hard! The amount of effort that goes into producing food that is refined sugar, dairy and gluten free with no additives which was well presented, tasty and nutritious, is exceptional. Every single one of the 200+ entries received detailed scrutiny and sometimes disagreement amongst the panel. The winners across all categories can be very proud of their achievement. I look forward to spotting the Nourish Awards logo on more quality items in the shops very soon.”

Gareth Hobbs – Visionary Food Solutions
Sue Hay – CEO Thrive Magazine & Thrive Media

“I am more than happy to be involved in judging the Nourish Awards, it’s great to see a food awards that’s 100% authentic, and honestly judged. The amount of amazing new organic, free-from and healthy eating food brands coming through is brilliant and it’s a pleasure to be part of the process that awards these excellent brands.”


  1. Judges are invited to judge the awards based on their professional expertise within the health food industry, nutrition and food manufacturing. We also invite other food industry experts and “consumer judges” who represent the potential consumer for each product. If you would like to be considered for judging the 2020 Nourish Awards  Apply to judge the Nourish Awards.
  2. Judges are allocated categories based on their individual expertise (eg. Child or Sports nutrition). We also take into consideration all dietary requirements and allergies (eg. coeliac or vegan). Any conflict of interest must be declared prior to judging, so judges cannot judge a category in which they have a product of interest (eg. client).
  3. The judges are given full nutrition information, the list of ingredients and other relevant information about each product. This is displayed next to each product and also available to the judges electronically.
  4. Judging happens category by category. All foods and drinks are tried and tested by the judges who first score then rank the entries in order of preference and give comments on each product. The Shortlist is created based on each individual product’s score. The winners are determined based on the combination of scores and ranking.
  5. The judges award “Winner” (Best in the category); “Commended” (second place) and “Merit” (third place) in each category. Judges can select more than one Commended and Merit winners (or none) in each category and one Winner (on occasion there are joint winners).