Meet the Judges

Catherine Fulvio

TV Chef/proprietor, food writer and cookery tutor, Catherine Fulvio, runs Ballyknocken Cookery School and Ballyknocken House. A Wicklow native, Catherine learnt her cooking skills from her mother and then trained professionally. Her hands on, no-fuss style of cookery uses the freshest ingredients possible. She also runs her very popular entertaining and gourmet classes for her regular clientele. She has her own TV Series "Catherine's Italian Kitchen" and is a regular on TV screens both at home and abroad. When Catherine is not busy in the kitchen she is busy researching new courses, menus and recipes.


Paul Flynn

Paul Flynn, chef and owner of The Tannery Restaurant, Townhouse and Cookery School, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford is a proud brand ambassador for Lidl Ireland. Paul’s dishes are known and loved for their deep earthy flavours; the menus give nothing away in their simplicity yet the tastes are hugely exciting.

Paul was the cookery writer for the Irish Times and has subsequently written four cookery books, including ‘An Irish Adventure with Food’, ‘Second Helpings’ and ‘Surf and Turf’, which was co-written with Martin Shanahan. In March 2014, Paul teamed up with Lidl for his most recent cookbook, ‘Paul Flynn’s Family Food’, which features a host of tasty, nutritious, family-friendly dishes – all made with ingredients sourced entirely from Lidl.

Paul has been awarded many accolades throughout his career; the most prestigious was from the Restaurant Association of Ireland who awarded The Tannery Restaurant the 2013 Restaurant of the Year. The Tannery Cookery School was awarded Cookery School of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Gina Miltidou

Gina Miltiadou is the Publisher and Co-founder of Easy Food magazine, Ireland’s number one food magazine. Launched in 2003, Easy Food is the original budget cooking magazine, providing quick and easy recipe ideas for budget conscious, time poor and nutritionally aware home cooks. Gina describes herself as a “self-taught Monday to Friday cook”, who faces the same challenges as most other working mothers around the world, ie. not enough time, limited budget and the challenge of making sure that everyone in the family is getting enough nutrients. In her view, these women are the unsung culinary heroes of our time.