Judges – Asia-Pacific – 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.


Cat Black (United Kingdom), Food Writer, Food writer

June Chan (Hong Kong), Clinical Dietitian

Christy Chan (Hong Kong), Chocolatey Christy

Hilda Chan (Hong Kong), My Chocolate Diary

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

Christine Fan (Hong Kong), Banking

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

Kuo Jung Huang (Taiwan), Cacao Family / Sales Manager

Elizabeth Kao (Taiwan), Food Writer, Taster 美食加

Jeffrey Lee (Hong Kong), Cult de Choco Ltd. / Director, Cult de Choco

Hsin I 欣宜 Lin 林 (Taiwan), Pastry Shop Owner

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

Daphne Ng (Hong Kong), Ptarmigan Media

Antonio Orria (Italy), Origin Coffee

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

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

Gilda Sandique (Philippines), Chef-Consultant/Lead Trainer

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

Terese Weiss (Denmark), Interpreter / Chocolate Educator

Hoi-Man Daisy Yeung (Hong Kong), Clinical Psychologist