Judging Process

The judging process is anonymous and confidential.  To ensure anonymity in judging, no names of applicants or collaborating parties may appear on submitted images, drawings or written support materials.

Jurors and their practices are not permitted to enter the Eat Drink Design Awards in the year they are participating in the program. Jurors must declare any other perceived conflict of interest regarding an entry and step down from the panel for assessment of that entry.

The Jury reserves the right to re-classify the project to a more appropriate category, if deemed necessary.

Jury decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2018 Jury

Simon Kardachi is a restaurateur and entrepreneur. He is responsible for eleven of Adelaide’s top restaurants and bars, including Osteria Oggi, Shobosho, Press Food & Wine, Proof, Maybe Mae and The Pot by Emma McCaskill. Four restaurants were awarded hats in the first national Good Food Guide (2018) and Osteria Oggi was named in CNN’s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in the World list. Simon has a passion not just for the food, but for the design, functionality, overall package and customer-centricity of his venues.

George Livissianis is a University of New South Wales graduate of interior architecture, completed in 1998 with honours, winning the Herman Miller design prize. George founded his studio in 2007, following his work at Burley Katon Halliday. With local and international experience in interior architecture, residential buildings and products, George is dedicated to finely crafted, minimal, modest and unpretentious design.

For twenty-five years founder and creative director Fabio Ongarato has lead his studio to create impactful branding, interior, environmental, digital and art direction outcomes. Fabio oversees the day-to-day creative process of Fabio Ongarato Design across offices in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Dubai in pursuit of the most innovative creative product.
Under Fabio’s creative leadership, the studio has received worldwide recognition for design excellence as well as being appointed AGDA’s Studio of the Year 2017.

Dani Valent is an award-winning Melbourne writer, eater, traveller and cook. She is restaurant critic for the Sunday Age. Dani has profiled great chefs, including Heston Blumenthal, Ben Shewry and Yotam Ottolenghi. As a travel writer for Lonely Planet she researched destinations such as New York, Corsica, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong, as well as writing a book about Turkish food. She’s the author of three Thermomix cookbooks and her website danivalent.com is a popular destination for inspiring and entertaining cooking videos. Dani is an ambassador for FareShare, an organization which turns rescued food into healthy meals for those in need.

Cassie Hansen is the editor of Artichoke, Australia’s interiors and design magazine. She has a degree in creative industries, majoring in journalism. Cassie has written for a range of publications, including Houses, Landscape Architecture Australia, and Kitchens + Bathrooms. She has served as juror on many national and international design awards, including the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards.