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British Chocolatier Competition, 2020

Location: London, United Kingdom
Judging dates: October 12, 2020 – October 25, 2020
Eligible countries: Ireland, United Kingdom

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED.

Celebrating the best in locally produced British chocolates, the British competition is the UK’s only chocolate awards dedicated purely to chocolatier products made in the UK by British chocolate companies. The competition is also open to chocolatiers and chocolate companies in the Republic of Ireland.

With consumers focusing more on buying local in these unusual COVID times, the British Chocolatier competition is a great chance to promote chocolate as the ‘affordable luxury’. The market for speciality food is increasing as shoppers change their spending habits and the British competition is a great chance for recognition and promoting your products through prize wins and to raise awareness of the fine chocolate sector with consumers.

The 2020 competition will be held with the support of Kokoa London, a new chocolate shop in north London specialising in high quality chocolate products.

Remote judging for all products

Due to the special situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting all public events, the British Chocolatier Competition will be judged this year by remote judging only.

Products for this competition will be received by our partner Kokoa London and will then be repacked as blinded samples and sent to our panel of British judges and international Grand Jury to judge at home using our online evaluation system.  Reference sets of each entry will be held at the receiving venue in case of any issue with the samples sent to judges and products will be blinded as usual.

Judging will commence once the samples have been packed and distributed to judges and will take place during October. Winners will be announced at the end of October.

The British Chocolatier Competition celebrates the craft of chocolatiers and chocolate companies who create filled chocolates, truffles, ganaches, pralines, caramels, fondants, enrobed fruits and nuts, and spreads made from chocolate couverture or from the entrant’s own bean-to-bar chocolate. The competition also includes flavoured chocolate bars made from chocolate couverture, where the entrant is not the chocolate maker. (Bean-to-bar flavoured bars were judged for 2020 at the European Bean-to-bar competition).

Winners of this competition will pass through to the World Final, which will be held later in the year, with the timing depending on the ongoing COVID situation.

Eligibility

This competition is open to all companies with their main base or head office in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland for all filled chocolates, covered nuts and fruits and spreads made from bean-to-bar and couverture chocolate and for flavoured bars made from couverture, where the entrant is not the chocolate maker.

Hand deliveries of samples are accepted, but all samples must be correctly labelled and securely boxed to avoid damage.

NOTE: If you also submitted plain/origin or flavoured bean-to-bar bars to the European, Middle Eastern and African Bean-to-Bar Competition, you will not be charged an admission fee for the British Chocolatier Competition.

This is a Chocolatier competition for all categories EXCEPT for Plain/origin and Flavoured dark, milk and white bars made by Bean-to-Bar chocolate makers. These products are judged at the regional Bean-to-Bar competition, held in: Germany.

The admission fee for this competition is GBP £50 and the fee for each entry is GBP £45. Prices will be converted into local currency by your credit card company, if required.

Competition status

This competition is not currently open for entries or has passed. Please check back for future competitions.

Info

Address for samples

International Chocolate Awards
c/o Kokoa London
67 Highgate High Street
London
N6 5JX
UK

Deliveries accepted from 10.00am

Dates

To ensure your samples are in the best condition for the competition, please do not send for delivery before the samples opening date. For fresh products such as ganaches, you are advised to send in the last week before the closing date.

  • Open to receive samples:
    – September 21, 2020
  • Last day to receive samples:
    – October 9, 2020
  • Online closing date:
    – October 9, 2020
Sample quantities

To ensure that we have enough products go through our Selection, Main and Grand Jury judging rounds, please send the following quantities of EACH product you enter:

  • Bars: 400gr (10 ounces) total weight
  • Filled/bonbons etc: 40 pieces
  • Spreads: 1 jar (min 300 grams/10 ounces)
  • Hot chocolate: