TASTE AWARDS Finalists are selected from nomination submissions by the ACADEMY OF MEDIA TASTEMAKERS, a diverse and respected association of food & wine editors, writers and bloggers, chefs, fashion journalists, television producers and stations, online video platforms, mobile device providers, retail and technology enterprises, previous award recipients, and others.

There is also a set of Viewer’s Choice Awards, selected online by the general public. Winners of the TASTE AWARDS (aka the TASTY Awards) are announced in December, and receive their honors in February in California (Hollywood or San Francisco).

Finalists are selected from all qualified nominees based on their level of excellence in the categories in which they have been nominated. Six Finalists are selected for each category.

See below for current names of the Academy’s Judges Panel.

Judges are not excluded from making nominations, and may be past nominees and finalists.