MEET THE JUDGES

Al Brown

Al is an acclaimed New Zealand chef and restauranteur. He is the brains and chef behind Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar, Federal Delicatessen and Best Ugly Bagels in Auckland and Wellington. He is the author of four best-selling cook books and has presented four food-focused TV programmes.

In 2016, Al became a proud ambassador of Garden to Table. Not an academic student, Al is a firm believer that results can be achieved by taking children out of the traditional learning programme. He believes Garden to Table helps kids develop a greater understanding of food, nutrition and sustainability and make better decisions when it comes to eating a balanced diet.

Linda Taylor

Linda is the CEO of Garden to Table. Linda is a seasoned gardener, company director, member of several professional groups, Harvard student and mother. She calls Garden to Table her ‘dream job’ and has taken her three children on her gardening journey with her. Gardening is her favourite way to slow down and relax, and she says it is great bonding time for her family, as well as being a way to positively introduce her kids to vegetables.

Lynda Hallinan

Lynda is a well-known New Zealand gardening journalist and broadcaster. She lives on a 22-ha farm in the foothills of the Hunua Ranges, southeast of Auckland, with her husband and two young sons. Lynda has an ever-expanding edible garden with 300 fruit and nut trees, raised beds, berry borders, chooks and pigs, and she writes about her horticultural adventures in NZ Gardener, the Australian Women’s Weekly NZ edition and the Sunday Star-Times. She’s also a regular Home & Garden contributor on Radio Live.

Andrew Keaney

Andrew is the executive general manager NZ produce at T&G Global. T&G is proud to be the official growing partner of Garden to Table and the T&G Garden to Table Young Gardener Awards. Andrew is also a passionate supporter of New Zealand growers while his wife assists with cooking lessons at one of Garden to Table schools in Auckland.