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Irna van Zyl, Clement Pedro join the Galliova Food and Health Writers' Awards' judging panel

2019 marks 30 years since the Galliova Food and Health Writers' Awards was first introduced to the food and health-writing world. This year's winners will be announced in Cape Town on 18 October 2019.

Over the past three decades, the awards has honoured the country’s most outstanding food writers for their excellence in food writing, styling and the overall promotion of SA’s food culture and local health writers for their writing excellence and balanced reporting on health and nutrition issues.

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This year, the organisers have a judging panel of renowned food journalists who not only represent a cross-section of South Africancultures, but who also havefirst-hand experience of five-star food journalism. 

Five-star judges

Long-time Galliova Awards judges, Dorah Sitole and Anna Montali, return to the adjudication panel in 2019 and are joined by Irna van Zyl and Clement Pedro to judge the food categories.

Van Zyl is a renowned, award-winning South African journalist with a stellar 36-year career that spanned positions at Die Burger as both a reporter and chief sub-editor; De Kat as editor; Insig and later Boeke-Insig as editor; and New Media Publishing, which she co-founded, as editorial director.

Pedro is a passionate young chef who won the Showcook Chef of the Year title in 2011 while still studying at the Cape Town Hotel School. He followed this up with stints at 5 Flies, The Conservatory and The Greenhouse, which was voted SA’s leading restaurant during his employ. He has since gone on to win a Galliova Award, work at Taste magazine as food assistant, and take up his current position as chef presenter on Afternoon Express cooking live on TV.

Sitole is an acclaimed magazine food stylist and cooking TV show host, and author of several cookbooks showcasing the flavours of Africa, including Recipes with A Touch of Africa, Cape to Cairo and Cooking from Cape to Cairo.

Montali is best known for her 15-year tenure at Food & Home Entertaining magazine, where she was food and deputy editor. A former restauranteur, she now runs a professional catering company and pens a popular food blog.

Health writers’ entries will once again be judged by Professor Marthinette Slabber Stretch (PTA), a registered dietitian and emeritus associate professor of the University of the Free State; and Madeleine de Villiers (CPT), a nutritional consultant and registered dietitian in private practice.

Representing Sapa (South African Poultry Association) and joining the judging panel again this year are Marco Torsius and Jake Mokwene. Torsius is MD of El-Azaar Poultry Farm in Bloemfontein and represents the egg industry on the panel, while Mokwene, owner of Kwena Chicks in the North West, represents the broiler sector.

Introducing online entries

Another change to this year’s special celebratory awards is that for the first time, all entries may be submitted digitally. In addition, online articles may now be submitted as valid entries, as many of South Africa’s favourite print publications now have an online presence.

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As a result, there will not be a separate category for online entries; these will simply become part of the existing award categories.

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