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Judges – DACH - Deutschland / Österreich / Schweiz Wettbewerb 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.


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

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

Katrin Flietner (Germany), xocoatl-feine schokoladen/Owner, xocoatl-feine schokoladen

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

Barry Johnson (United Kingdom), Chocolatier and Pastry Chef – Owner of The Cocoa Lab, Lecturer at The National Bakery School & Home Chocolate Factory

Kevin Lühmann (Germany), Pastry Chef

Annette Maydell (Germany), Förderschullehrerin

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

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

Michaela Schupp (Germany), Chocolats-de-luxe.de GmbH, Permanent Grand Jury

Biagio Tropeano (Germany), Restaurant Tropeano Di-Vino, Restaurant Tropeano