Judges – European Bar Semi Final 2017

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.

Veronique Anastasie (France), Planetgout

Mirko Bellocchio (Netherlands), Cocoanect/trader

Lorenzo Braccialini (Italy), Braccialini women’s fashion accessories

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

Jonas Geeroms (Belgium), Broederlijk Delen (NGO)

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

Pauline Gingnagel (Netherlands), 624214116, Pauline Gingnagel

Raquel Gonzalez Setien (Norway), Privado

Carlo Grenci (Italy), CARLO GRENCI SRL unipersi

Robert Hatfield (United Kingdom), Unemployed

María Salvadora Jiménez Rojas (Netherlands), Daarnhouwer & Co.

Henkjan Laats (Netherlands), Cacaomuseum Amsterdam

Per Liss (Sweden), Chokladakademien, Chokladakademien

Mary Jose Lozada Del Valle (Spain), General Manager – Primos de Origen, Primos de Origen website

Marjan Luttik (Netherlands), Zaans Gedaan

Bostjan Makarovic (United Kingdom), Aphaia

Luis Mancini (United Kingdom), Cacaotales, luis mancini

Stefania Marcuz (Italy), Food & Beverage Sensory Analysis Expert, F&B Taster & Consultant, Stefaniamarcuz.com

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

Zoi Papalexandratou (Belgium), ZOTO

Istvan Puskas (Netherlands), ABN AMRO Bank N.V. / Relationship Manager for Financial Institutions

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

Michaela Schupp (Partner) (Germany), Chocolats-de-luxe.de GmbH, Permanent Grand Jury

Martijn Seekles (Netherlands), Chocriti

Marloes Stokvis (Netherlands), Chocolátl

Nolda Straatman (Netherlands), Chocinella, Chocolate, Chocolate tastings, Lectures and Chocolate education, Chocinella: Chocolate tastings

Esther Tak (Netherlands), Shop manager for a Belgian chocolatier

Sara Trioni (Italy), Food Copywriter and Communication Consultant

Paul Van Dijk (Netherlands), Chocoladeverkopers, chocoladeverkopers

Dennis van Essen (Netherlands), The Highfive Company, The Highfive Company | American Bean to Bar Chocolate

Dennis van Koutrik (Netherlands), Foodaholics

Marika van Santvoort (Netherlands), Origin Chocolate Event, Origin Chocolate Event

Nicolae Velciov (Romania), Choco Manifesto / Partner, Choco Manifesto

Samantha Weiss (United States), Operations Manager