Meet our talented Branded Lamb Awards judges.
CHIEF JUDGE and Director at Elaine Millar and Associates
Elaine Millar & Associates is a personalised consultancy firm that specialises in servicing premium brands in the wine, food, hospitality, agriculture, and travel industries. Millar assists businesses by identifying opportunities and adding value to their prestige brands.
Spicers Retreats, The Long Apron Head Chef
Before joining Spicers Retreats, Head Chef Birse worked with Alanna Sapwell at Arc Dining and earlier rose to Sous Chef under Simon Palmer and Phillip Johnson at e’cco bistro. Birse has their same sense of celebrating the quality of the ingredients without being overshadowed by complexity or technique, with attention to detail and preference for understatement over ostentation. Birse started his apprenticeship more than 15 years ago and is inspired by a fascination with how the right methods can transform simple ingredients into something more deeply nourishing.
Head Chef, Locale Restaurant in Noosa
Born in Manchester, Chris worked at the Michelin Starred restaurant Fischer’s of Baslow Hall in Derbyshire in his teens while studying at Sheffield College. After winning the NZ/UK Link Foundation Young Chef of the Year in 2006 the opportunity to travel presented itself. Chris moved to New Zealand working in a number of acclaimed restaurants for several years. When he first moved to Australia, Chris spent time in Daylesford and McLaren Vale, later settling in Queensland at top restaurants in Brisbane before relocating to the Sunshine Coast. Classically trained with experience in both European and Antipodean cuisine, Chris enjoys creating clean, precise dishes with unique balance and refined elegance. He takes inspiration from around the world and his menus are seasonally driven.