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Judges – Italian/Mediterranean Chocolatier Competition 2020

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.


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

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

Gideon Black (United Kingdom), Student

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

Irma Brizi (Italy), associazione nazionale città della nocciola

Claudio Capaccioli (Italy), Food and Beverage Expert

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

Marianna Cotecchia (Italy), Events/tours

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

Gian Luca Forino (Italy), Consulente di pasticceria

Carlo Grenci (Italy), ItalianEspresso.com

Giulia Marcucci (Italy), Giornalista e Ufficio Stampa PR

Stefano Mecatti (Italy), Sommelier, Consultant

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

Ildiko Nemeth (Italy), Catering

Mara Nocilla (Italy), Gambero Rosso

Mara Nocilla (Italy), Giornalist

Daniele Portomeo (Italy), Impiegato

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

Lauretta Vannini (Italy), Attualmente senza lavoro – Chocolate taster 1 & 2 level