#IDDSIchallenge Judges

Dr. Luis Riquelme is an Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology at New York Medical College inValhalla, N.Y. and the Director of the Center for Swallowing and Speech-Language Pathology at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. He teaches, conducts research and runs an active clinical program.


Dr. Julie Cichero is a speech pathologist and specialist in dysphagia research. Dr. Cichero led the development of the Australian standardised terminology and definitions for texture modified foods and fluids.



Ed Steger is the NFOSD President and head and neck cancer survivor. Ed is an active volunteer patient research advocate at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he has been treated since his original diagnosis.


Laura Michael is the NFOSD Treasurer and nutritionist. Laura owns her own business, training professionals and family care-givers in how to manage the food and beverage modifications necessary using techniques and products to meet the needs of each unique client.


Preston Walker is the Director of Oak House Residential Home and Oak House Kitchen. He is a consultant chef specialising in healthcare. Preston is an award winning chef with 25 years experience. Working at his family business Oak House, Preston strives to improve the standards of cooking across the sector. With expertise in special diets and nutrition for the elderly, he regularly provides training and guidance to individuals and professional organisations. Oak House’s approach to care has seen them win various accolades over the years. Preston came from a fine dining background working in restaurants throughout the UK. Starting his career at the Michelin starred Hambleton Hall. He followed this with stints at the Kildare Hotel & Country Club and Harts Restaurant. As Head Chef at World Service Restaurant he and the team won Nottingham Restaurant of the Year 4 times.