Judges – Italian/Mediterranean 2015

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.


Luca Arnone (Italy), consulente informatico

Alessandro Banchetti (Italy), Impiegato azienda energetica – Chocolate taster 1 & 2 livello

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

Sabina Bigozzi (Italy), medico

Cristina Blasi (Italy), Accademia di cucina Cordon Bleu

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

Irma Brizi (Italy), associazione nazionale città della nocciola, irma brizi

Gilles Brochard (France), Journaliste

Lucia Buccheri (Italy), Teacher

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

Bianca Ciatti (Italy), sommelier presso La Divina Enoteca

Maria Cibelli (Italy), Sommelier AIS, AIS

Ilaria Di Marzio (Italy), Pasticcere

Lorenzo Donnini (Italy), Agente di commercio

Arturo Dori (Italy), arturo dori, arturo dori

laura fabbri (Italy), cioccolatiera

Francesca Fortunati (Italy), Responsabile di Scal

Diletta Frescobaldi (Italy), Docente, imprenditore, consulente

Carla Gambina (Italy), Chocotaster di II Livello

Marco Gemelli (Italy), Italo-Viaggi del Gusto, http://www.vdgmagazine.it/

Mariangela Gusmai (Italy), Enoscuola di Luca Gardini, resident sommelier

Alessio Lai (Italy), DOLCISSIMA FIRENZE

Alberto Lupini (Italy), Italia a Tavola, Italia a Tavola

Andrea Marcuccetti (Italy), architetto

Marco Mariani (Italy), Cookery Lab, Cookery Lab

Mauro Martelli (Italy), Imprenditore Edile

Silvia Martini (Italy), Senior scientist at GSK Vaccines

Stefano Mecatti (Italy), Sommelier, Consultant

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

Elena Montini (Italy), Studente

Alessandro Palozzo (Italy), Agricultural WO

Daniele Portomeo (Italy), Impiegato

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

Martin Rance (Italy), Fisar Firenze

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

Carmela Spatafora (Italy), tecnico di laboratorio

Giulia Steffanina (Italy), scuola di cucina Les Chefs Blancs

Megumi Sugaya (Japan), enoteca, italia wine no kokoro

TARSIA TREVISAN (Italy), CLASS LIFE

Matteo Valerio (Italy), Critico gastronomico

Lauretta Vannini (Italy), Commerciante

Valentina Venturato (Italy), food&wine journalist

Elena Zuffa (Italy), studentessa, aspirante chef