Our Jury

To ensure fairness, a jury of reporters, columnists and lifestyle writers will evaluate winners based on the voting result.


JOHN H. ISACS is the founder and CEO of Enjoy Int'l Inc and one of region's most respected wine and food connoisseurs, writers and consultants. He is the principal author of the best selling, award-winning series of bilingual (Chinese & English) gourmet wine and restaurants books "ISACS Guides". He writes columns in leading magazines and newspapers in China, including a weekly wine column in Shanghai Daily, and frequently contributes to other leading regional srcations.


JAMES LOUDON, a Dutchman who has spent two-thirds of his life outside of his home country, having lived in Switzerland, Japan, Spain, England and since in 2003 in China. With 14 years experience in media and business information services, he is China Representative for IMA Asia, which provides clients with a sounding board for corporate strategy in Asia. Prior to joining IMA Asia at the start of 2010, he worked in Beijing (2007-2009), heading enterprise sales for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Between 2003 and 2007, he was responsible for developing Shanghai Daily's advertising and supplements business.


DAVID MAGUIRE, a veteran journalist with experience in Australia, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. He has extensive experience in Shanghai as a foreign expert, newspaper and book editor, columnist and food and wine writer.


FAN TING LUE, a publisher and an expert on whisky. He enjoys life in the slow lane and likes to ruminate on the meaning of life. Fan is a lifestyle columnist for a number of elite publications and the Chinese website of Financial Times. He has published "The Good Life" book series, introducing lifestyle and culture in different places. He believes that consumers need good information to live a better life.


GAO CENG, a food and wine writer for Shanghai Daily, is herself a foodie who walks the streets of Shanghai in search for good cooking. She pens the iDeal Chef column and has interviewed many world-famous chefs including Ferran Adria from Spain and Alain Ducasse from France. Her passions for wine also led her to chat with Robert Parker, a leading US wine critic with international influence.
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