Judges – World Final 2018

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.


Alessandro Banchetti (Italy), Terna Spa, impiegato

Francesca Benedettelli (Italy), Pasticcera

Sabino Berardino (Italy), Blogger, i Cento di Firenze – EDT

Daniela Bessone (Italy), other

Susi Bonomi (Italy), Sommelier

Sandro Bosticco (Italy), www.winesurf.it, Sandro Bosticco

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

Lucia Brandalesi (Italy), 1964

Claudio Capaccioli (Italy), Food and Beverage Expert

Giulia Capece (Italy), Giulia capece

Alessandra Castelletto (Italy), Calcagno1946

Massimiliano Cavicchiol (Italy), Consulente

Christy Chan (Hong Kong), Chocao Blast / Founder

Tracy Chapman (United Kingdom), Chocolate Voyage

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

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

Antonio Ciabattoni (Italy), La sorbettiera

Marianna Cotecchia (Italy), Events/tours

Ginevra D’Alessandro (Italy), Cook

Gabriella Demetz (Italy), AIS

riccardo depetris (Italy), pasticcere-cioccolatiere / Depetris…i Ciculaté

Jaclyn Di Meglio (Italy), Studentessa, commis di cucina e pasticceria

Elisabetta Failla (Italy), journalist

Elena Farinelli (Italy), Blogger Io Amo Firenze, Io Amo Firenze

Dorilda Feka (Albania), Officina degli eventi

Massimiliano Gallo (Italy), Controller, business analyst (no chocolate)

Carla Gambina (Italy), chocotester di II livello

Carlo Alberto Gambino (Italy), international chocolate taster 2nd level, cuoco/chef,

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

Giovanna Gori (Italy), Chocolate Taster / Fotografa

Carlo Grenci (Italy), ItalianEspresso.com

Kathryn Laverack (United Kingdom), Cocoa Encounters

Per Liss (Sweden), Chokladakademien, Chokladakademien

Giulia Maggini (Italy), Student

Bostjan Makarovic (United Kingdom), Aphaia

Marco Manzi (Italy), Pizzaiolo

Giulia Marcucci (Italy), Giornalista e ufficio stampa pr

Stefania Marcuz (Italy), Food & Beverage Expert, Taster & Consultant

Mauro Martelli (Italy), Imprenditore edile

Silvia Martini (Italy), Senior scientist at GSK Vaccines

Stefano Mecatti (Italy), Sommelier, Consultant

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

Terry Nesti (Italy), Manifatture Sigaro Toscano

Mara Nocilla (Italy), Gambero Rosso

Giorgia Peirano Fagiolo (Italy), Pasticceria Cioccolateria Fagiolo Peirano, Fagiolopeirano

Stefano Pinciaroli (Italy), PS Ristorante, www.ps-ristorante.it

MARCO POLTICCHIA (Italy), Sommelier Marco Polticchia

Daniele Portomeo (Italy), Impiegato

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

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

Giovanni Santarpia (Italy), Giovanni Santarpia

Loris Sorito (Italy), Pasticcere

Stefano Tavella (Italy), Gelataio

Alessandro Tomao (Italy), Pasticcere

Maurizio Valentini (Italy), Pastry chef

Lauretta Vannini (Italy), Attualmente senza lavoro

Terese Weiss (Denmark), Interpreter