THE search is on for a Cheshire food lover to become an expert for a day.

You could join a panel of food specialists to help judge the Fine Food North West Awards - tasting nearly 500 of the finest foods the region has to offer.

The Fine Food Northwest Awards is run by Food Northwest, the organisation set up by the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA) to lead the food industry, recognise the best fine foods produced across the NW – from chutneys and preserves to cakes and confectionery.

This year, Food North West is recruiting a Cheshire foodie to join four other food enthusiasts as judges at Ewood Park, Blackburn, on June 3.

They will enjoy a day of tasting as part of a team of judges, including top chefs, as well as speciality food retailers, food journalists and supermarket buyers.

The chosen five will also be invited to an event at the Manchester Hilton Hotel on June 25, to see the 10 winners receive their awards.

To enter the competition or apply to become a judge, visit Deadline is May 15.