Judging Panel

Meet our judging panel

Gabrielle Miller

Gabby has worked in hospitality PR and marketing for 14 years. Having worked with a range of restaurants, venues and event spaces across the Midlands, she has built up a good understanding of what it takes to survive in a demanding and fast moving hospitality sector.

Alongside her PR work, Gabby is Editor of Cool As Leicester, Leicestershire’s largest online magazine. Working with the city’s hospitality businesses on a daily basis, she has an in depth knowledge of the city’s cuisine, from the high end hotspots to the hidden gems.

Matt Wright

Matt is a freelance journalist, food & drink writer and the founder of the Great Food Club, the East Midlands’ No. 1 food & drink guide.

Matt launched Great Food Club in 2010 to guide people to exceptional independent restaurants, pubs, farm shops, and delis in Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, and Cambridgeshire.

Today, Great Food Club comprises a website profiling over 700 recommended food businesses, an annual printed book and a phone app. GFC also publishes a weekly email newsletter to its 13,000 readers and members and runs prestigious yearly awards.

Great Food Club’s recommendations are not influenced by financial arrangements. Matt says: “We believe in the merit of each business we feature, and our reviewers visit every establishment before it’s added to our online guide. This commitment to independence ensures that you’re getting the most authentic and quality food experiences.”

In addition to Great Food Club, Matt is the editor-in-chief of the FEBE Growth 100, an annual list and awards celebrating the best and fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the UK, where the founder or founders are still involved.

Before launching the Great Food Club and joining the FEBE Growth 100 project, Matt edited award-winning national magazines at Haymarket Publishing in London, Emap and Bauer Media.

Priti Raichura

Priti Raichura is the company founder and executive director. For the past fifteen years, she has produced and designed ethereal, timeless weddings and business events.

Priti was born and raised in the multicultural city of Leicester (UK), and she enjoys fusing her Indian heritage with her British sensibility whenever she can. She gives a hands-on approach to weddings and events, ensuring a unique and curated approach to all her events making them polished to a high standard. Her enthusiasm for events led her to organise significant events for Pukaar News after working first as an NHS professional and subsequently while traveling the world.

She has also planned high-profile events at the House of Lords and also events for Big Brands such as Pretty Little Thing, NEXT, Toyota, IBM and many others. She has received recognition from King Charles for her work and was invited to visit His Majesty the King at Buckingham Palace in 2022.

Since starting her own Corporate and Private Events company in 2007, Priti has been organising luxury weddings and events. Her vast vision and originality, which are tempered with a keen eye for every detail, have earned her recognition from her colleagues and in print, TV, and radio appearances.

Prior to starting her own business, Priti had the pleasure of working in the Mumbai events industry in India, where she had the honour of rubbing shoulders with Bollywood stars and organising events with FNX – India. This experience deepened her enthusiasm for the art of event design.

Priti has a strong enthusiasm for dance, music, and photography. Her love of events and weddings has also found a home in her established wedding and corporate video and photography business.

Priti is passionate about food; she has great relationships with caterers and, as a self-described foodie, she appreciates and understands the value of high-quality cuisine for all occasions. In fact, such is her breadth of knowledge about Indian food that Priti hosts the BBC Curry show on Radio Leicester. She frequently makes appearances on radio and television in her position as an event planner and wedding expert, most notably as the Wedding Guru and bridal expert for the Pukaar Magazine, for which she frequently writes for.

As a perfectionist she ensures the assembling of the best team for all her events. She works with the preferences and financial constraints of her clients ensuring everyone stays on track. According to Priti, an event is comparable to directing a Bollywood production without a dress rehearsal. Stage management, lighting, sound, production, and catering must all be attended to simultaneously.

Priti Raichura is in high demand as a speaker at weddings due to her reputation for excellence as an award-winning businesswoman who not only plans bespoke weddings but also serves as Master of Ceremonies at several weddings and corporate events. Being a popular radio presenter on Sanskar radio, her ability to keep listeners engaged is an added bonus when she uses these skills at events and weddings.

Priti has experience working with a wide range of worldwide brands and is a specialist in her sector. Priti enjoys working with clients from other countries, and her portfolio keeps expanding in countries like Malta, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Turkey where her professionalism and success have been lauded. Priti takes pride in being one of the few businesses in the UK that can offer the Royal palaces in London as a location for her clients to hold events of weddings.

Romail Gulzar

Romail is the founder and director of Pukaar Group, a multinational media and events company headquartered in Leicester, England.

With over two decades of journalism experience, he is driven by a desire to champion his local community and showcase diverse narratives through his work.

Romail is also a successful entrepreneur and has contributed greatly to the East Midlands business sector with his commercial endeavours. He also passionately supports the development of upcoming local talent and is renowned for offering space on his platform for budding writers, broadcasters and cameramen.

Also a dedicated community advocate, after years of voluntary work, in 2015 Romail was appointed the first Asian Chair of Crimestoppers Leicestershire and Rutland and a year later, was also appointed the Chair of Crimestoppers Nottinghamshire. All in all, he served for the organisations for close to a decade and in this time, successfully launched a number of neighbourhood initiatives.

Amongst the various awards he has been given, in 2005, his services to the community were formally recognised when he became recipient of a Millennium Award and the Recognition of Services to the Not-For-Profit Sector Award by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.