Award ยป Bert Greene Awards: Judging Procedures

Bert Greene Awards: Judging Procedures

Judging criteria vary by category, so please read the category descriptions along with these procedures before entering.

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Bert Greene Awards Committee

The Bert Greene Awards Committee includes a general judging committee (3 judges per category), an Awards Committee Chair, and a non-voting IACP Board Liaison. Committee members and judges serve without compensation.


Judges are culinary professionals, such as food writers, magazine and newspaper editors, and publishers, with ongoing experience in writing, journalism, and related fields. They are appointed by the Committee Chair and include the Chair of the Food Writers, Editors, & Publishers interest section. Judges need not be members of IACP, and may be recommended by the outgoing Bert Greene Awards Chairman, past Chairmen, and/or IACP Board members. All committee members are invited to submit names of candidates to be considered for judges for the following year.

In addition to the three (3) judges noted above, the judging panel for each category may consist of the Awards Committee Chair, as needs dictate. At the discretion of the Chair, a judge may be assigned to more than one category.


Judges score the eligible articles in complete confidentiality and in two stages, or tiers, across a set of evaluation criteria unique to each category. (For evaluation criteria, please read the category descriptions.) A judge is not eligible to score an article that s/he has written or edited, or to which s/he has significantly contributed. First- and second-tier ballots are tabulated at IACP Headquarters. The first-tier scores and rankings from each of the three judges are tabulated and averaged to determine the five highest-ranking entries in each category. If a category has a tie for fifth place, the sixth-place entry is included in the second-tier judging. Additionally, each judge’s top-ranked entry must also be included in the second-tier judging. Therefore, if all three top-ranked entries are not already represented in the top five, they will be included as additional finalists in the second-tier judging. The top three entries in the second-tier judging will become the finalists. The highest ranked entry in each category will be deemed the winner.

Any committee member who has a concern about the list of finalists can contact the Chairman within five days of receiving the second-tier ballots. The Chairman may investigate the concern by contacting the other judges in that category but may not influence the decision of the other judges.

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