The 3 founders, judges panel and sponsors bring an incomparable wealth of food industry experience to the table making The Golden Chopsticks Awards the first event of its kind to bring together all the major players in the Oriental food industry under one roof.
Gok Wan - Gok is a multi-award-winning UK Television Presenter, Designer, Stylist, and Author. Gok is best known for his award winning, internationally acclaimed TV show, ‘How To Look Good Naked’. Over the last decade Gok has presented a multitude of TV shows and documentaries about fashion, food and lifestyle, making him a unique, experienced and versatile TV presenter. His on screen triumphs led to six book deals, including his autobiography Through Thick and Thin, as well as the accompaniment to Gok Cooks Chinese. It is Gok’s style credentials combined with his ability to appeal to a broad audience that have made him a popular choice with brands looking to collaborate with him/ securing his professional endorsement as an ambassador (which amongst others have included Sainsburys, Activia, Vodafone, Boots, Specsavers and Dove).
Lucy Mitchell - Lucy is Managing Director of the SeeWoo Group an Oriental Food Specialist. The company she leads has over 40 years experience in the import, distribution, retail and manufacturing of Oriental Foods. The Group incorporates SeeWoo UK Ltd (import and distribution), SeeWoo Chinatown Ltd (retail store established in 1975 in the heart of London's Chinatown), and Way-On Foods Ltd (BRC A Grade accredited factory) and has a combined turnover in excess of £20 million with 100 employees across its 3 London sites. After studying Classics at Bristol University Lucy embarked on a career in the rapidly expanding and innovative IT Industry where she rose to the level of EMEA Marketing Manager for US software giant Siebel Systems (now Oracle). Lucy joined the family business in 2002 bringing her marketing leadership skills from the IT industry to the wholesale, retail and manufacturing of specialist foods.
Sarah Lewis - Sarah has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked as a Director at YOU Agency, setting up their food & drink division after freelancing for Zilli Enterprises and OpenTable.co.uk. She then set up her own agency, Salt PR, in 2013, a communications company offering PR, Marketing, events and social media solutions. A life spent in restaurants since graduating in English, she has worked with chefs including Jean-Christophe Novelli, Aldo Zilli, Richard Corrigan and a range of hospitality clients from leading restaurant chains, independents, food and drink companies and events including Chinese New Year. Sarah is on the advisory board for the NTI (Night Time Industries Association) and a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier London. Sarah is also a partner in Big in France, a company offering cookery, photography and yoga retreats near La Rochelle, France.