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Meet the judges of
The Balvenie Masters of craft 2013

We've hand-picked this years judging panel very carefully to reflect all aspects of craftsmanship – whether that entails creating, curating, broadcasting or purchasing. In fact, we’ve even invited our friends at Waitrose to select the Food and Drink finalists to appear before our judges. Together our panel presents the perfect balance for judging this year’s awards. Judge for yourselves.

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David Stewart

For fifty years, Malt Master, David Stewart has dedicated his considerable skills to handcrafting The Balvenie at our Speyside distillery. As Scotland’s longest serving Malt Master, he is a legend in his own lifetime.

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Giles Ellis

Giles is the founder and designer at the helm of the Schofield Watch Company. With his attention to every detail, down to the company’s logo and packaging, Giles creates beautifully designed time pieces and has attracted an incredibly loyal clientele.

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Tom Dyckhoff

Tom is an architecture commentator on BBC television’s weekly arts programme, The Culture Show. He has written and presented countless documentaries including The Secret Life of Buildings for Channel 4 and Saving Britain’s Past for BBC 2. For the past decade he has also written a weekly column for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine.

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Max Fraser

Max is Deputy Director of the London Design Festival as well as a design commentator both here and overseas. As well as writing the LONDON DESIGN GUIDE, he is also author of several books including Design UK and Designers on Design, which he co-wrote with Sir Terence Conran. Max also curated Lab Craft, a sell-out touring exhibition for the Crafts Council.

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This year we’re delighted to have Waitrose playing an important part in our Food & Drink category. The national supermarket will be asking its shoppers to vote for two Food & Drink finalists who will ultimately be judged by our panel. With our shared values for quality food and drink, Waitrose is the natural partner with whom we can advocate the handcrafted and artisanal side of the food and drink industry.