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Judges – Americas - Bean-to-bar and Chocolatier Competition 2019

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.


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

Robert Bowden (United States), Vivere

Jeffrey Chin (United States), Independent Consultant, i8NYC.com

Rita Chou (United States), Pastry Cook

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

Andrew Coe (United States), Food writer, culinary historian

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

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

Ana Maria Gallardo (Ecuador), Trade Office of Ecuador

Victor Gelman (United States), EMVI Chocolate Chief pf Production, EmviChocolate.com

Irina Gelman (United States), CEO EMVI Chocolate, EMVI Chocolate

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

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

Mark Hellermann (United States), NYC College of Technology, Hospitality

Joan Henry (United States), Indigenous composer/Performer/Educator, Noyeh-Ongeh Music / Two Wolf-Walking Arts

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

Nadine Kerstan (United States), Artisan Nutrition/ Holistic Health Coach/Mindful Chocolate Tastings, Nadine Kerstan

Dawn Kinard (United States), Le Pain Quotidien

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

Michael Krondl (United States), writer, researcher, food historian

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

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

Marilyn Michalik (United States), jk chocolate truffles

Karla Payeras (Guatemala), Felixita

Teresa Politano (United States), writer, journalist

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

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

Meryl Rosofsky (United States), food scholar, writer, NYU Food Studies adjunct professor

Sabena Singh (United States), Ms. Spicy

Lora Wiley-Lennartz (United States), LWL Consulting, Inc., Diary of a Mad Hausfrau