Judges – Americas Semi-final 2013

As part of our commitment to transparency, we publish the names of the judges for each competition. (If judges opt-in for their names to be made public.)

Each competition is judged by a panel of experts, food journalists, sommeliers and pastry chefs, including the names listed below. The competition is overseen by members of our international Grand Jury, who travel to each competition.

We would like to thank our judges for their hard work, including any who chose for their names not to be listed. You can find the full list of winners for this competition in our ‘Rounds & results’ section.

Fernando Aciar (United States), O Cafe

Hossannah Asuncion (United States), Institute of Culinary Education

Thierry Aujard (United States), Sweet Prosperity Bakery

Damion Badalamenti (United States), dbdchocolate llc

Jennifer Baker (United States), Editor/Writer, A Baker with an Appetite for Writing

Jason Bannon (United States), Institute of Culinary Education

Mary John Baumann (United States), Nose in the Glass

Kathy Blake (United States), Food Writer, Chef, Recipe Developer, The Experimental Gourmand

Carla Braschi (United States), CDNYDesign, Inc.

Roxanne Browning (United States), Exotic Chocolate Tasting, Exotic Chocolate Tasting, Inc.

Jeffrey Chin (United States), Independent Consultant,

Karine Chrétien Guillemette (Canada), Miss Choco (La Tablette de Miss Choco)

Martin Christy (United Kingdom), Seventy%, Permanent Grand Jury

Jessie Craig (United States), Sr. Career Services Advisor, Institute of Culinary Education

Carly DeFilippo (United States), Social Media & Content Manager, Institute of Culinary Education

Faith Drobbin (United States), Institute of Culinary Education

Jeffrey Dryfoos (United States), Publisher, Dessert Professional Magazine

Anjul Dutt (United Kingdom), Food Journalist

Sekita Ekrek (United States), KikaEats

Joshua Feldman (United States), The Morgan Library & Museum, The Coopered Tot

Claire Fricke (Australia), Writer/Model

George Gensler (United States), Manhattan Chocolate Society, Permanent Grand Jury

Fany Gerson (United States), la newyorkina

Jackie Gordon (United States), Divalicious Inc./Singing Chef

Justin Hall (United States), Video Director/Editor

Hans Heer (United States), 2beans Coffee & Chocolate Passion

Adrienne Henson (United States), Joys Of Chocolate/also day job at Hotel Chocolat

Julie Jackson (United States), Event Producer, DEVLINHAIR Productions Inc.

Mara Jernigan (Belize), Belcampo Belize

Jim Koper (United States), Aerospace Engineer, JK Chocolate Truffles

Abby Koreto (United States), Event Producer, DEVLINHAIR Productions Inc.

Shuichi Kotani (United States), WORLDWIDE-SOBA,INC.

Michael Laiskonis (United States), Creative Director, Institute of Culinary Education

Anelisa Lauri (United States), Baruch College: Adjunct Lecturer/Program Manager, Chocolate Blogger, Chocolate Driven

Alexandra Leaf (United States), Manhattan Chocolate Society, Chocolate Tours of New York City

Lauren Lilling (United States), Keep It Sweet Desserts LLC

Justine Ma (United States), Food Writer, Little Miss Local

Saloni Mehta (United States), Institute of Culinary Education

Monica Meschini (Italy), Chocolate/Tea Taster, Sommelier, Permanent Grand Jury

Steve Millard (United States), Director of Purchasing, Murray’s Cheese

Mariana Nunez (United States), CD NY Design Inc.

Rosario Olivas Weston (Peru), Universidad de San Martín de Porres – Asociación Peruana de Análisis Sensorial

Laurie Pauker (United States), Lush Candy

Cliff Pepper (United States), Freelance Caterer, Events and P/T ICE Special Events

Teresa Politano (United States), Restaurant Critic, The Star-Ledger, Inside Jersey magazine, Teresa Politano

Maricel Presilla (United States), Chef, Restaurateur, Author, Permanent Grand Jury

Alex Rast (United Kingdom), Consultant, Reviewer, Seventy% , Permanent Grand Jury

Christine Rico (United States), Waste to Wealth Ventures

John Sconzo (United States), Docsconz LLC

Sara Shacket (United States), Blogger, Tea Happiness

Amy Stern (United States), Bender Hammerling Public Relations/Food PR

Emily Stone (United States), Chocolate in Context

Taeko Takigami (United States), Comculture LLC

Regina Varolli (United States), CulEpi Editor-in-Chief, CulEpi

Curtis Vreeland (United States), Vreeland & Associates

Pam Williams (United States), Taster

Caroline Wilson (United States), Student, Institute of Culinary Education

Eagranie Yuh (Canada), The Well-Tempered Chocolatier, The Well-Tempered Chocolatier

Melissa Zhang (United States), Ruskin International Communications