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European Semi-final 2014 Winners

May 18, 2014 10:11 am by International Chocolate Awards in Results, Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2014 European plain/origin bar Semi-final and European Open competition (for countries without their own round), which was judged at the Palazzo Gaddi in Florence, Italy, 27 February – 3 March 2014.

The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making and in the products made with fine chocolate.

International judges

The judges were drawn from experts, food journalists, sommeliers and pastry chefs from Italy, Europe and around the world and was overseen by members of our permanent international Grand Jury. A list of the judges who attended the competition and profiles on each of the Grand Jurors will be published here shortly.

Prizes

The judging categories range from plain/origin and flavoured bars to filled chocolates and spreads and are chosen based on yearly feedback from our entrants and consultation with the fine chocolate industry. All judging is anonymised, included at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting.

The Grand Jury can also give national awards where there were 10 or more national entries in one category at the Grand Jury round and can give special Awards, such as Directly Traded, Organic and Chocolate Maker to the highest scoring entry for each criteria.

A full list of the products that made it to the Grand Jury round is available here.

This year, due to the exceptionally high standard of entries and tied Grand Jury scores, two Golds were awarded within the following two categories: Dark plain/origin bars and in Ganaches and truffles.

In the Plain/origin bar categories, the declared chocolate maker is listed for private label bars.


The Winners and World Finalists of the 2014 European plain/origin bar Semi-final and European Open competition are:

Bars

Bars – Dark plain/origin bars

Overall winners

GOLD: Bonnat (France) – Kaori (Tied)

GOLD: Friis-Holm (Denmark) – Johe 70% (Tied) ( * Bonnat)

SILVER: Friis-Holm (Denmark) – Nicaliso 70% ( * Bonnat)

SILVER: Friis-Holm (Denmark) – Chuno 70% Tripple Turned ( * Bonnat)

SILVER: Bonnat (France) – M Libanio

BRONZE: Akesson’s (United Kingdom) – Bali – Sukrama Farms – 75% Trinitario Cocoa ( * Pralus)

BRONZE: Red Star Chocolate (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Honduras Indio Rojo 72%

Special category awards

Given for entries that qualify for the special category criteria

GOLD – Chocolate Maker: Bonnat (France) – Kaori

GOLD – Directly Traded: Bonnat (France) – Kaori (Tied)

GOLD – Directly Traded: Friis-Holm (Denmark) – Johe 70% (Tied) ( * Bonnat )

National awards

Given to Grand Jury finalists when 10 or more entries from one country in category

GOLD – France: Bonnat – Kaori

GOLD – British Chocolate Maker: Red Star Chocolate – Duffy’s Honduras Indio Rojo 72%

Bars – High Percentage Dark Plain/Origin Bars

GOLD: Akesson’s (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – Ambolikapiky Plantation – 100% Criollo Cocoa ( * Pralus)

BRONZE: Francois Pralus (France) – Tablette Bio 100% Madagascar

Bars – Rough Ground Dark plain/origin bars

BRONZE: Donna Elvira (Italy) – Cioccolata Modicana – Perù Amazònico

BRONZE: Omnom Chocolate (Iceland) – Madagascar 66 %

Bars – Milk Plain/Origin Bars

GOLD: Francois Pralus (France) – Tablette Melissa

SILVER: Friis-Holm (Denmark) – Dark Milk 65% ( * Bonnat)

BRONZE: Red Star Chocolate Ltd (United Kingdom) – Duffy’s Venezuela Ocumare 55%

* Declared chocolate maker for private label bars

Bars – Dark chocolate bars flavoured with an infusion or flavouring

GOLD: Chocolate Naive (Lithuania) – Dark Chocolate With Forest Honey

SILVER: Gardini Cioccolato D’Autore (Italy) – Dark Chocolate Caffè e Cardamomo

BRONZE: Menakao (Madagascar) – Menakao – Dark Chocolate 70 % trio of pepper

Bars – Dark chocolate bars flavoured with inclusions or pieces

GOLD: Akesson’s (United Kingdom) – Madagascar – 75% chocolate & voatsiperifery pepper

Bars – Flavoured dark chocolate bars with a filling

GOLD: Guido Castagna (Italy) – Gianduja Fondente

SILVER: Co Couture (United Kingdom) – Japanese Cherry Sencha 70%

SILVER: Francois Pralus (France) – Barre Infernale Noir

Bars – Milk chocolate bars flavoured with an infusion or flavouring

BRONZE: Gardini Cioccolato D’Autore (Italy) – Milk Chocolate with liquorice and sweet sea salt of Cervia

Bars – Milk chocolate bars flavoured with inclusions or pieces

BRONZE: Gardini Cioccolato D’Autore (Italy) – Milk chocolate and coffee

BRONZE: Manufacture Cluizel (France) – Milk Salted Butter Caramel

Bars – Flavoured milk chocolate bars with a filling

BRONZE: Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) – Gianduja

BRONZE: Francois Pralus (France) – Barre Infernale Lait

Bars – Flavoured white chocolate

BRONZE: Bonnat (France) – Chocolat Blanc Fraize

Unflavoured dark ganaches and truffles

BRONZE: Le Cacaotier (France) – Taïnos

Unflavoured dark nut pralines

GOLD: A Giordano (Italy) – Giacometta lavorata a mano

BRONZE: Giuseppe Manilia (Italy) – Incontro

Unflavoured dark gianduiotto

GOLD: Guido Castagna (Italy) – Giandujotto

BRONZE: A Giordano (Italy) – Gianduiotti lavorati a mano

Unflavoured dark cremino

GOLD: Guido Castagna (Italy) – Cremino Nocciola Piemonte IGP e Pistacchio di Bronte

BRONZE: Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) – Nuovo Cremino

Flavoured dark ganaches and truffles

GOLD: Ika chocolate (Israel) – Za’atar Ganache

SILVER: Dolci Libertà (Italy) – Truffle with Barolo Chinato Cocchi

BRONZE: Atelier du Confiseur (France) – Framboise

BRONZE: Damian Allsop Chocolates (Spain) – Rhubarb & dark water ganache

Dark – nut based pralines and gianduja, enrobed whole nuts

GOLD: Guido Castagna (Italy) – Cremino Nocciola Piemonte IGP e Cannella

SILVER: Atelier du Confiseur (France) – Sel de Guérande

Dark – Caramels

GOLD: Paul A Young Fine Chocolates (United Kingdom) – Sea Salted Caramel

Dark fruit pastes, jellies/gelée, enrobed whole fruits, liquid centres with alcohol and fondants

GOLD: Atelier du Confiseur (France) – Mandarine

SILVER: Il Cioccolato di BruCo (Italy) – Lonzetta di Fico ricoperta al cioccolato

Milk – Ganaches and truffles

GOLD: Ben Le Prevost chocolatier (United Kingdom) – Miso (Tied)

GOLD: Peano (Italy) – Milk chocolate praline filled with bitter honey (Tied)

SILVER: Andrea Bianchini (Italy) – Ganache al latte con rosmarino e sale grosso/milk ganache with rosemary and rock salt

SILVER: Paul A Young Fine Chocolates (United Kingdom) – 55% Venezuelan milk chocolate truffle

Ganaches and truffles with mixed dark/milk/white for coating and fillings

GOLD: Paul A Young Fine Chocolates (United Kingdom) – Passion fruit curd

SILVER: Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) – Sole Del Sud

SILVER: Nicky Grant (United Kingdom) – Fennel & Ginger

SILVER: Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) – Origine

SILVER: Bruno Chocolate (Israel) – Mumbai Crunch

SILVER: Bruno Chocolate (Israel) – Halvah Cream

BRONZE: Chococo (United Kingdom) – Black Cow Vodka Chocolate

Milk – Gianduiotto

SILVER: Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) – Piccolo Gianduja

Milk – Unflavoured Cremino

BRONZE: A Giordano (Italy) – cremino nocciola

Milk – Flavoured Cremino

GOLD: Gardini Cioccolato D’Autore (Italy) – Cremino Liquerizia

SILVER: Gardini Cioccolato D’Autore (Italy) – Cremino Amarena

Milk – Enrobed whole nuts

GOLD: TortaPistocchi (Italy) – Dragee Pistacchio e Arancio

SILVER: Dolci Libertà (Italy) – Dragees with Nocciola Piemonte IGP and milk chocolate

SILVER: Slitti Chocolate (Italy) – Mandorle d’Avola (Almonds from Avola)

SILVER: chocoMe (Hungary) – chocoMe Raffinée Piemonte Hazelnut RF103

Milk – Fruit pastes, jellies/gelée, enrobed whole fruits, liquid centres with alcohol and fondants

GOLD: Paul A Young Fine Chocolates (United Kingdom) – Peanut butter and raspberry jelly

SILVER: Il Cioccolato di BruCo (Italy) – Mandarino di Calabria candito intero ricoperto con cioccolato fondente

BRONZE: Piccola Pasticceria (Italy) – Banana

Spreads with dark chocolate

GOLD: Guido Castagna (Italy) – Crema di nocciole + 55

SILVER: Slitti Chocolate (Italy) – Gianera

Spreads with milk chocolate

GOLD: Slitti Chocolate (Italy) – Riccosa

SILVER: Gusti di Napoli (Italy) – Crema di cioccolata al latte di bufala

BRONZE: Pasticceria Vacchieri Marco – Dolci intuizioni (Italy) – Crema gianduia

BRONZE: Piluc (Italy) – Pilucchella

Note: only judged categories are listed.



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