The judges for the 8th annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards have been announced, and among them is DECO Editor, Bielle Bellingham. The panel is made up of experts in the hospitality, design and lifestyle industries from around the world.


About the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards is a globally recognised competition dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces. This covers every imaginable space from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.

With over 5000 entries from the UK and 70 other countries in the past seven years, the Awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges. Recent names include Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Tom Dixon, Foster & Partners (Designers), Gordon Ramsay and many more. Taschen published a book about the Awards in 2014.



This year’ s judges are: 

Bernadette Le Roux / Editor in Chief / Condé Nast H&G Gourmet (South Africa)
Bielle Bellingham / Editor in Chief / Elle Decoration (South Africa)
Brian Williams / Managing Director / Swire Hotels (Hong Kong)
Carl Kernodle / VP Planning & Design, Develop & Construction / Hyatt Hotels (USA) Celine Salman / Design Director / Paramount Hotels & Resorts (UAE)
Christoph Hoffmann / CEO / 25hours hotels (Germany)
Dana Kalczak / VP Design / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada)
Diego Jacquet / Chef / Malevo Group (Argentina)
Eleanor Joslin / Editor / Harper’s Bazaar Interiors (UAE)
Emma Lindsay / Head of Design Europe / IHG (UK)
Erik Rimmer / Editor in Chief / Bo Bedre (Denmark)
George Scammell / VP Global Design & Development / Wyndham Worldwide (USA) Gianluca Sparacino / Director F&B EMEA / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (UAE)
Giora Urian / Editor in Chief / Domus (Israel)
Guy Dittrich / Editor at Large / Sleeper Magazine (UK)
Jeff  Stober / CEO / Drake Properties (Canada)
John O’Ceallaigh / Digital Luxury Travel & London Editor / Telegraph Media (UK) Jonathan Segal / CEO / The ONE Group (USA)
Josh Wyatt / Founder / Generator Hostels (USA)
Justin Hemmes / CEO / Merivale (Australia)
Kashiwa Sato / Creative Director / Samurai (Japan)
Katherine Blaisdell / Senior VP Design & Project Development / Belmond (UK)
Laura Maggi / Managing Editor / Elle Decor Magazine (Italy)
Mari Balestrazzi / Vice President Design / Hyatt Hotels Corporation (USA)
Neale Whitaker / Editor in Chief / Vogue Living (Australia)
Piet Boon / Designer (Netherlands)
Richard Ekkebus / Director of Culinary Operations and Food & Beverage / Mandarin Oriental Landmark Hotel (Hong Kong)
Shigenori Hamaguchi / Editor in Chief / Elle Deco (Japan)
Stéphane Bellon / Managing Director / studionomie (Switzerland)
Teddy Mayer / Vice President Design / Virgin Hotels (USA)
Thierry Costes / CEO / Groupe Beaumarly (France)
Vito Lotta / Senior Director of Design / Hilton Worldwide (USA)
Yu Bing / Editor in Chief / Domus (China)

The call for entries commences on the 11th January 2016.
Follow the Awards on Twitter @ResBarDesign to keep in the loop.

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