Paul West and River Cottage have come a long way!
The current judging panel includes greats like Maggie Beer and Matt Moran - who also judge beloved cooking competition The Great Australian Bake Off.
Paul grew up in a small rural community in NSW's Hunter Valley region. His farm upbringing inspired his passion for sustainable food activities and living off the land.
After training as a chef, he made a name for himself at Melbourne's Vue de Monde bistro.
He later moved with his wife to Tilba where he was picked from a nationwide search to host Australia's version of popular British TV series River Cottage.
As a judge of the delicious. Produce Awards Paul will help recognise some of the nation's finest fresh produce vendors - from meat, fish, dairy, fruit and veg, even Australia's finest brewers.
"This year we will be asking our judges, along with the country’s top chefs and restauranteurs, to nominate the passionate producers they work so closely with to source the ingredients for their menus," the awards website claims. "Meanwhile, our panel of industry experts will be busy unearthing the craft drinks, chefs, regions, food trails and experiences, stores and designers that contribute to creating Australia’s outstanding food and dining experiences."
The full list of judges include:
- Matt Moran
- Maggie Beer
- Christine Manfield
- Shannon Bennett
- Alla Wolf Tasker
- Guillaume Brahimi
- Paul West
- Anthony Puharich
- Mike McEnearney
- Mike Bennie
- Iain Todd
- Joe Grbac
River Cottage Australia Season 4 premieres on LifeStyle FOOD on March 29 at 8:30pm AEDT.