I attended the awards presentation for the Americas round of the 2013 International Chocolate Awards last night. Held at ICE in NYC, this was the first "live" awards announcement, bringing together organizers, judges, and entrants.
Some housekeeping notes about this results list and the awards:
With all that said, here are the results (all are US-based unless otherwise noted).
Category: Milk Chocolate Caramels
Americas Silver: Tumbador Chocolate — Kalamansi "Pie" Caramel
Americas Silver: Chuao Chocolatier — Rosemary Salt Caramel
Americas Gold: Theo Chocolate — Honey Saffron Caramel
Category: Milk Chocolate Nut-based Pralines
Nomination: Fika Choklad — Quinoa Hazelnut
Category: Mixed Dark, Milk, White Chocolate Ganache and Truffles
Nomination: Fika Choklad — Goat Cheese Truffle
Nomination: Luxx Chocolat — Fig & Port Hat Trick
Nomination: Payard Patisserie — Salted Caramel Chocolate
USA Silver: Fruition Chocolate — Strawberry and Toasted Cashew Gianduja
USA Silver / Americas Silver: Payard Patisserie — Key Lime Chocolate
USA Silver / Americas Silver: LA Burdick — White Chocolate Mouse
Americas Silver: Arcay Chocolates (Venezuela) — Limon
Americas Silver / USA Gold: Forte Chocolates — Lemon Pepper Butter Truffle
Americas Gold: es koyama (Japan) — Laphroaig 10yr Whisky & Raspberry
Note: This is a new category this year, introduced at the request of entrants based on feedback from last year's competition. Entrants in this category might, for example, use dark chocolate for the coating and a white chocolate for the center. These are judged separately from entrants where the coating and center are the same type of chocolate.
Category: White Chocolate Ganaches and Truffles
Americas Gold: Chocolopolis — Lemon Lavender Truffle
Category: Milk Chocolate Ganaches and Truffles
Nomination: Tumbador Chocolate — Salted Peanut Bar
Americas Silver: Theo Chocolate — Burnt Sugar Ganache
Americas Silver / USA Gold: Xocolatti — Passion Fruit Truffle
Americas Gold: es koyama — Nanko Ume Plum & Almond Praline
Category: Dark Chocolate Caramels
Nomination: Forte Chocolates — Sea Salt Caramel
Americas Silver: Theo Chocolate — Licorice Caramel
Americas Silver: Lille Belle Farms — Lavender Sea Salt Caramel
Americas Silver: Theo Chocolate — Ghost Chile Caramel
USA Gold / Americas Gold: Forte Chocolates — Rosemary Caramel
Category: Dark Chocolate Flavored Nut Pralines, Gianduja, & Enrobed Whole Nuts
Nomination: Gearharts Fine Chocolate — Pistachio Toffee
Category: Flavored Dark Chocolate Ganaches and Truffles
Nomination: Chocolate Springs — Salted Caramel Truffle
Nomination: Chocolopolis — Anise Ganache Fig
Nomination: Socola Chocolatier — Dark Chocolate Cognac Truffle
Americas Silver: Arcay Chocolates — Coco Rum
Americas Silver: LA Burdick — Fig Bonbon
Americas Silver: The Secret Chocolatier — Cardamom Chocolate Truffle
USA Gold / Americas Gold: Theo Chocolate — Mint Ganache
Category: Unflavored Dark Chocolate Ganaches and Truffles
Nomination: Chocolopolis — Colombia Truffle
Nomination: Payard Patisserie — Chocolat Chocolat
Category: Flavored White Chocolate Bars
Nomination: jcoco — jcoco Veracruz Orange Cayenne
Americas Silver: Forte Chocolates — Rosemary Sea Salt Bar
Americas Silver: es Koyama — Raspberry and Lychee
Category: Flavored Milk Chocolate Bars
USA Silver: Askinosie Chocolate — Dark Milk Chocolate+Ancho Chile & Pistachio CollaBARation™ Bar
USA Silver / Americas Silver: Hudson Chocolates — Milk Chocolate and Sichimi Togarashi Bar
USA Silver / Americas Silver: TCHO Chocolate — Mokaccino
Americas Silver: es koyama — Daitokuji–Temple Anatto
USA Silver / Americas Silver: Chuao Chocolatier — Pop Corn Pop
USA Silver / Americas Silver: jcoco — jcoco edamame sea salt bar
USA Gold / Americas Gold: Jade Chocolates — Genmai
Category: Flavored Dark Chocolate Bars
USA Silver: TCHO Chocolate — Galactic Gelato
USA Silver: Chuao Chocolatier — Spicy Maya
USA Silver: Chuao Chocolatier — Salted Chocolate Crunch
USA Gold / Americas Silver: Patric Chocolate — Mocha OMG
Americas Gold: Pacari Chocolate (Ecuador) — 60% Organic Chocolate w/ Lemongrass Infusion
Americas Gold: es koyama —Manganji–Temple Green Pepper & Almond Praline
Category: Plain & Origin White Chocolate Bars
Americas Silver: Fruition Chocolate — Toasted White Chocolate
Americas Gold: Chocolates El Rey (Venezuela) — Icoa (growing country, directly traded)
Category: Plain & Origin Milk Chocolate Bars
Americas Silver: Chocolates El Rey — Irapa
Americas Silver: TCHO Chocolate — Classic
Americas Silver: Forte Chocolates — Chocolate Love (dark milk)
Americas Gold: Chocolates El Rey — Irapa (growing country, directly traded)
Category: Plain & Origin Dark Chocolate Bars
Nomination: Amazona Chocolate (Peru) — Dark Chocolate Trinitario (origin: Peru) 73%
USA Silver: Dandelion Chocolate — Papua New Guinea 70%
USA Silver: Tejas Chocolate — Capistrano (origin: Madagascar) 70%
USA Silver: Askinosie Chocolate — Cortés (origin: Honduras) 70%
USA Silver: Amano Chocolate Company — Chuao (origin: Venezuela) 70%
Americas Silver: Grenada Chocolate Company — Organic (origin: Grenada) 60%
USA Silver / Americas Silver: Patric Chocolate — Piura (origin: Peru) 67%
Americas Silver: Pacari Chocolate — Guayacán (origin: Ecuador) 70%
Americas Silver / USA Gold: Patric Chocolate — Madagascar 67%
Americas Silver: Pacari Chocolate — Piura Quemazon (origin: Peru) 70%
Venezuela Gold: Franceschi Chocolate — Canoabo crop 2013 (origin: Venezuela)
Ecuador Gold: Pacari Chocolate — Raw 70% (origin: Ecuador)
Americas Gold: Pacari Chocolate — Raw 70%
Americas Gold: Pacari Chocolate — Raw 70% (chocolate maker, growing country, directly sourced)
Pretty cool. Go USA crafters. :)
Congrats to The Secret Chocolatier!
Thanks mate! We're happy to have participated and placed for our first time. :)
We haven't heard yet, do you have notes for the chocolate spreads?
I do not.
Congratulation to everyone - and to all of the ChocolateLife members who are going through to the World Finals judging in London in two weeks!
LOVE IT. LOVE IT! Thanks for posting, it's not even on their website!
I know. Martin is on the plane flying back to London today, so I scooped it! (With his permission, of course.)
Thanks for posting the results Clay! We heard through the grapevine that we won something, but we had no idea what. Now we can go celebrate :-D
Congrats to EVERYONE who won!!! It looks like USA made a strong showing and are sure to give an awesome variety of options for the World Finials judges… I don't envy those judges as they are sure to be splitting hairs deciding awards for quite a few of the categories.
I am going to be a judge in the World Finals in London in about two weeks. It will be interesting because I will not have tasted anything ... in these awards. I do recognize (now) some things I tasted in the Good Food Awards judging a couple of weeks ago.
Again, congrats to all the winners and nominees - and take special note: ChocolateLife members did very well here in the Americas and in Europe.
The Official Results have been published on the ICA web site.
If I were asked to pick an overall winner I would have to give it to es koyama: 5 awards for 5 different entries in 5 different categories. While not all are were golds (but three of the five were), it's the diversity that stands out. And not only that, with just one exception, the flavorings were non-traditional combinations to an American judging panel. Having been involved with the National/World Pastry Team Championships through 4 cycles over eight years, I can tell you that flavor has always been a challenge - technical competence never has been. So for es koyama to place so highly says a great deal about the growth in understanding of international palates.
What will be interesting to see is if a UK/EU panel will esteem the non-traditional flavors of es koyama as highly, OR will they be more conventional? Just a quick look at the European results suggests that they are quite receptive to international flavors, so it will be interesting to see how the judging goes. As I will be on the inside, judging, I hope to gain some insight that I can share on that point.
There are many other ways to cut through the winners: Venezuela had a surprisingly strong presence in the awards, for example. Any thoughts on other ways to look at these?