Star baker Chetna Makan joins judging panel

The entries to Produced in Kent’s Taste of Kent Awards 2018, food product categories will this year be judged by Great British Bake off 2014 semi-finalist and Broadstairs resident Chetna Makan.

Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan is a food writer and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, was a celebration of baking with Indian flavours. Her new book ‘Chai, Chaat & Chutney’ is a journey of street food through India. She has a very popular YouTube channel ‘Food with Chetna’ and was part of the Great British bake off in 2014.

Stephanie Durling at Produced in Kent comments: “We are delighted to welcome Chetna to our panel of judges. She brings great knowledge of many complex flavours and ingredients and we are looking to find which are simply the best tasting food products of Kent. We judge a wide range of products from chutney to dairy for this award. Producers from across Kent are invited to submit their entries to this category by going to

Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive of Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer and sponsor of this category added “It’s great that Chetna is bringing her expertise and discernment to the Taste of Kent Awards, the standards of food produced in Kent are so high and they require a judge of her calibre.”

There are 5 classes in this year’s awards – the winner of each class will be automatically entered for the top award as the ‘Kent Food Product of the Year’.

  1. Ambient (Preserves, chutneys, sauces and oils)
  2. Dairy (All dairy products)
  3. Bakery and confectionery (Bread, baked goods, flour, confectionery & snacks)
  4. Prepared Foods (Savoury/sweet pies, cooked/cured meats, sausages, pates, ready meals etc)
  5. Specialist Drinks (Drinks not classified elsewhere in the awards categories)

Chetna says “I am delighted to join the judging panel and looking forward to tasting the wonderful variety of Kentish products “

Public voting for the Taste of Kent Awards 2018 is now open. To cast your vote simply visit before 2 January 2017. The awards presentation dinner will take place on 8 March 2018.




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