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Competition info – British Craft Chocolatier Competition 2021-22

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British Craft Chocolatier Competition, 2021-22

Location: London, United Kingdom
Closing date: April 29, 2022
Judging dates: April 6, 2022 – May 15, 2022
Eligible countries: Ireland, United Kingdom

THIS COMPETITION WAS ALREADY JUDGED.


PHASE #2 EXTENSION – NEW CLOSING DATE 27 APRIL 2022

Due to the Easter rush, we’ve added a special extension to enter the British competition until 27 April, samples due by 29 April. If you already entered and sent your products, don’t worry, they will be judged while still fresh.

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.

Cacao sourcing and traceability

For 2021-22 we have relaunched our filled chocolate competitions as “Craft Chocolatier Competitions”, to celebrate and champion the chocolate makers and companies using cacao with an identifiable and traceable source.

We will now only accept dark and milk chocolate in any category with a declared and traceable source for the cacao. Couverture and blends are still acceptable, provided that the source of each cacao used is also declared. The sourcing information can either be public or declared in confidence with the Awards. (Note: this rule does not currently apply to white chocolate or cocoa butter).

This change brings our chocolatier entries inline with our bean-to-bar competitions, and we are proud to celebrate and support the work of the growers, chocolate makers and all the supporting industries working to produce the world’s best chocolate products.

Remote judging for all products

Judging for this competition will be by remote judging. Entries will then be repacked as blinded samples and sent to our panel of judges and members of our international Grand Jury to judge at home using our online judging system. Reference sets of each submission 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.

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers of plain/origin and flavored bars should enter the European Bean-to-Bar Competition, which will take place from November 2021 – March 2022 and will also be coordinated in Hannover, Germany.

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.

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
29A Victoria Road
Barnet
EN4 9PH
UK

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:
    – April 19, 2022
  • Last day to receive samples:
    – April 29, 2022
  • Online closing date:
    – April 29, 2022
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: 400g total weight
  • Filled/bonbons etc: 40 pieces
  • Spreads: 300g
  • Hot chocolate: