Nature’s Harvest is a brand crafted by Judge’s Choice Petfood Company Ltd. Judge’s Choice started in 1991, founded by husband and wife team James & Hiroko Chester. To find out more about Nature’s Harvest or to order from us, check out our products throughout the site even if it just to order one of the best dog food mixers available.
Founder & Chairman
After spending many years living and working in Japan, I returned to England and realised my interest in pet food. After working in a handful of sales jobs including selling dog food, I quickly knew that the working dog environment was an area that interested me most. In 1991, I decided to start my own company called Judge’s Choice Petfood Ltd of which Nature’s Harvest is a premier brand. We’ve come a long way since then. One of the greatest moments in my business journey was in 1996 when we were awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Royal Warrant for the supply of pet food.
I always look forward to the Autumn when I am able to attend many Labrador and Spaniel Working Gun-dog Trials, catching up with my many loyal customers. Some of them have been with me since I began over 25 years ago.
I have many hobbies that include outdoor pursuits such as travel. From a very young age, I have enjoyed both sea and fly-fishing and have been fortunate to enjoy this hobby in many different countries.
Judge’s Choice has been a part of my life for over 25 years. I can still remember the early days when James and I worked out of the kitchen coming up with the initial ideas, all whilst looking after my daughters and running a home. Those were hectic times! For the first 15 years of Judge’s Choice. I was the first person someone spoke to when looking to contact Natures Harvest. I ran the office and all the administration that went with a busy and growing company. I also helped promote the business, and as a family we used to travel up to Scotland every year during the summer holidays with the girls and sell our products at various game fairs and agricultural shows. In my lifetime I have attended well over 200 and the number is still climbing!
I am originally from Kawasaki, Japan but have now lived in England for most of my life. In my free time I enjoy a quieter pace and love to read and dabble in more creative passions of mine like embroidery, painting and cross stitch. I am blessed with 4 young grandsons that keep me young, active and sometimes exhausted!
After college I spent my teenage years living and working in Japan and the UK. Helping out with the family business when I was home and teaching English when I was away. When it was time to set down some roots I decided to begin a career in Advertising & Marketing, and worked in the technology sector. For over a decade I enjoyed the fast pace of this industry, but after having children, I left technology behind and started my own venture with a friend called House of Cuckoo, crafting vegetable and fruit infused cupcakes. This took me on an exciting journey of cake! I still love to bake and do miss the days before we sold the business. I started working with Judge’s Choice in April 2016 as Marketing Manager and 2 years later, in April 2018, I stepped up to become Managing Director. I an so proud of the fact my Mum and Dad started the business from our kitchen table and I am proud to be leading the Judge’s Choice family of products to a new generation of dog lovers. I have a lovely husband and 2 crazy, fun-loving little boys who keep me on my toes! In my limited free time, I enjoy working out so I can then indulge in eating good food and drinking great wine with my friends.