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Judges – Canadian 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.


Mary Anne Alton (Canada), Lemm Communications Inc.

Jocie Bussin (Canada), Restaurant with chef training

Fija Callaghan (United Kingdom), Chocolatier

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

Cyndi Clement (Canada), Jeweller/Metalsmith & Dental Assistant, Canadian Chocoholic

Antonella D’Elia (Canada), Marketing

Erika David (Canada), Freelance Writer/Book Seller

Jeanette Diehl (Canada), Tv Producer

Raquel Fox (Canada), Chef/Instructor George Brown College

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

Waleed Hafeez (Canada), Microsoft Canada

David Haman (Canada), George Brown Culinary College / Pastry Professor

Steven Hellmann (Canada), The Foodies Group, The Foodies Group

Sally Hildebrandt (Canada), Centennial College Professor of Baking & Pastry Arts Management

Jennifer Lakhan-D’Souza (Canada), George Brown College

Oliver Li (Canada), Chef/The Chefs’ House/George Brown College

Shirley Lum (Canada), S Chocolate Magic

Carol Mark (Canada), Tea Sommelier The Love of Tea

Jenna McCaw (Canada), Sobeys

Sandra Meret (Canada), HousePower Inc.

Jennifer Merrick (Canada), Freelance Travel Writer

Sue Riedl (Canada), Globe and Mail

Mario Stojanac (Canada), Appetype, Appetype

Beverley Wylie (Canada), Retired

Shenin Yazdanian (Canada), Centennial College