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Judges – Americas 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.


Karina Amaluisa (United States), Trade Commissioner of Ecuador in New York

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

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

Scott Craig (United States), DallasFood.org, DallasFood.org

Eliete De Moura (United States), Personal chef

Amy Dubin (United States), Janam Tea, Janam Tea

Jessica Ferraro (United States), Bar Cacao, Bar Cacao

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

Megan Giller (United States), Chocolate Noise/journalist, Chocolate Noise

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

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

Luanne Koper (United States), Editor

Adam Krantz (United States), Chocolate enthusiast, educator, and consultant

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

Chris Malloy (United States), Writer, Chris Malloy (Personal Website)

Tracy Memoli (United States), Suite & Savory, Suite & Savory

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

Sebastian Navas (Belgium), Chef

Adrienne Newman (United States), Madame Cocoa, Madame Cocoa

Carol Nurse (United States), Montclair State University/Asst. Professor/Reference Librarian

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

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

Julie Rosenberg (United States), Julie’s Beet, Julie’s Beet

Kanako Satsutani (Japan), Tomoé Saveur / Fine Chocolate Distributor, Chocolate Expert, Tomoé Saveur

Ellen Schnepel (United States), Principal, Crik-Crak Chocolate Connections

Michaela Schupp (Germany), Chocolats-de-luxe.de, Chocolats-de-luxe.de

Sourabh Sharma (United States), 3FS Lifestyle, 3FS Lifestyle

Sabena Singh (United States), Pastry cook/taste tester

Emily Stone (United States), Chocolate in Context