Carol has been a food and restaurant judge for over 15 years. As well as being a Good Food Guide inspector, she is also asked to judge other events, both national and regional as well as on television. What she looks for, as a past Good Food Guide, AA (Two Rosettes), Michelin entry restaurant chef-proprietor (La Salle a Manger, Soanes, Petworth, West Sussex) and restaurant consultant, is summed up by recent judging for Hampshire Life. Restaurant of the Year:

Hampshire Life 2013: “Last year I found that some restaurants were trying too hard and came across as being out of their depth and so I really want to see people going back to basics this year. Key factors are good quality produce, preferably local if you can get it, and if it is any good for a start; food that is dealt with in a simple way by not masking the taste of the ingredients so that they speak for themselves. Service is also hugely important, from the very first moment you enter a restaurant you should be acknowledged, no matter how busy staff are. I also want to see well trained staff know the menus inside and out and can speak knowledgably about the dishes. When it comes to the menu, keep things simple; more and more people want a casual but smart approach to eating out by showing a smaller menu to denote cooking from scratch.”