Benelux Chocolatier Competition 2020 – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the third Benelux chocolatier Competition, which was judged in spring, 2020.

This Competition focuses on chocolatier products and flavoured bars from chocolatiers and chocolate companies based in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. This competition is for chocolatiers and companies working from couverture. Winners will go through to the World Final later in 2020.


The judging panel included regular European judges, along with pastry chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and other specialists from the local area and members of our international Grand Jury panel.



All judging is anonymised, including at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting according to the Grand Jury rules.

** Bean-to-bar chocolatier products – recognising the growing trend of flavoured bars and filled chocolate made by chocolate makers, winning products made with an entrant’s own chocolate are marked with (**).

Prizes are awarded only to entries that meet the required standard for each prize.

(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Ariqua Denis Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Ganache Noire Thé Earl Grey

Silver: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Just Cassis

Silver: Chocolatier Reen  (Belgium) - Passion Twister

Bronze: Jérôme Grimonpon  (Belgium) - Limette

Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles

Silver: Ariqua Denis Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Ganache Lait à la Cacahuète Salé

Silver: Chocolatier Reen  (Belgium) - Lingering Liquorice

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Sudachi Fizz

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Gold: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Cuban Style

Silver: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Tingling Passion

Bronze: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Coffee Shot

Bronze: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Hot 'n Spicy


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Bronze: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Gare aux Noisettes - Noir

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Silver: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Peanuts & Co

+ Special: Innovation

Bronze: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Gare aux Noisettes - Lait

Nut based pralines with combination chocolate

Silver: Chocolatier M  (Belgium) - Piemonte Deluxe


Milk chocolate enrobed caramels

Gold: Ariqua Denis Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Caramel Beurre Salé

+ Special: Classic

Bronze: By Michèle  (Belgium) - La Symbiose

Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc

Other fillings with dark chocolate

Bronze: Chocolatier Reen  (Belgium) - Speculoos

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

(**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.