Independent Judging

Judging The Stadium Events and Hospitality Awards...

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards is an annual celebration designed to continually drive-up standards and recognise the very best venues across the UK stadium industry.  Around 500 guests from 50+ stadia join together to celebrate the achievements of their stadia colleagues in a glittering awards ceremony.

Here are a few more details about how the categories are selected each year, and how the categories are all independently judged.

Award Categories (Royalty Free)

Award Categories

Each year the categories featured at the awards are selected by the Stadium Experience Leadership Team using feedback from the member venues of Stadium Experience, along with considerations for any wider developments which may affect how a stadium operates.  

Independent Awards Judging

Each award category is independently judged (Stadium Experience does not judge any of the awards).  Some categories are voted for by stadium directors, VCA Consulting UK judge the Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper Award, Salon Culinaire judge the Chef Team of the Year Award, and others are decided by teams of experts with many years experience in their fields.

Liverpool FC Hospitality

Judging Panel

The majority of categories are judged by an independent panel who submit their first, second and third placed votes in each category – Chosen using strict criteria developed by the Stadium Experience Leadership Team.  These votes convert to scores, with the highest scoring venues winning the top awards. The panel judges the following categories;

The judging panel for 2024 includes:

Twickenham Stadium
Unusual Venue Hire in London – Twickenham Stadium

Matchday Hospitality Awards Judging

The Matchday Hospitality Awards are judged separately, lead by Head Judge, Rod Bowker.  As Head Judge, Rod creates an expert team of Salon Culinaire judges, each with over 20 years experience in the chef and hospitality industries. The Head Judge allocates a judge from the team to attend a match once a fixture date is received (in the interests of fairness, the allocated judge cannot be decided or changed by the venue).  Each judge visits an average of 2-3 stadium venues per year.

On the day the judge has a strict criteria report pack with them, which has been developed jointly by the Head Judge and the Stadium Experience Leadership Team.  Each full report is then validated by the Head Judge and Stadium Experience to ensure consistency across the board.  The full reports are made available to each venue after the awards event to aid the venues future learning and training.

The current list of judges are shown below, please click to read more about their culinary and hospitality experience.

Montgomery Events

Montgomery Events organises the Chef Team of the Year Award.  This is a live kitchen competition judged by specialist Salon Culinaire chefs who focus on immaculate hygiene, teamwork, quality and freshness of produce used, practicality, cost and suitability, originality, and of course taste and flavours.  Judges commentary is available on request following the awards evening.

Twickenham Stadium _ Chef
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VCA Consulting UK

VCA Consulting UK will judge the Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper Award by providing a mystery guest programme to assess the quality of sales enquiry calls and follow up correspondence – View the criteria. VCA Consulting UK are specialists in Conference, Events and Hospitality offering mystery shopping, sales training and support.  A full report and recording of the call/s are shared with each venue after the awards, as well as recommendations to aid future learning.

Find out more about The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards, by viewing our Frequently Asked Questions or by emailing