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International Chocolate Awards

The International Chocolate Awards aims to highlight the best in fine chocolate to consumers by judging bars and filled chocolates (bonbons, pralines, ganaches) in national and regional rounds with a Grand Final judging the best of the best. The first year, 2012 included rounds in Italy, the UK, the USA with the first year’s Grand Final in the UK in October, coinciding with Chocolate Week. 2013 added an Israeli national competition and other country rounds are in development.

Entries to the Awards are welcomed from both international chocolate makers and chocolatiers.

Website: http://www.internationalchocolateawards.com/
Location: Worldwide
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2013 Americas Semi-Final Round Semi-Official Results

Started by Clay Gordon. Last reply by Clay Gordon Oct 3, 2013. 11 Replies

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…Continue

2013 Americas Semi-Final Round Merit Award Recipients

Started by Clay Gordon Oct 2, 2013. 0 Replies

This year the ICA organizers have decided to offer Merit Awards to individuals and organizations who have been given back to the chocolate community.The 2013 Americas Round Merit Award Recipients…Continue

Awards updates

Started by Martin Christy. Last reply by Andy Ciordia Sep 8, 2013. 2 Replies

It's been a busy summer as we prepare for the final competitions of 2013 and begin to make plans for our third year, 2014. We have more countries in the pipeline for next year and will be making…Continue

European Semi-final 2013 - Results

Started by Martin Christy. Last reply by Adriennne Henson May 23, 2013. 1 Reply

22-26 April 2013 saw judging in London of the European Semi-final of this year's awards. The competition featured entries from around Europe, with the exception of Italy, who had their own national…Continue

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Comment by Andy Ciordia on June 26, 2013 at 2:49pm

We entered a few of our truffles and chocolate sauce this year. Fingers crossed and all that. :)

Comment by Scott on October 1, 2012 at 11:38am
Comment by Martin Christy on August 19, 2012 at 10:07am

European and Italian winners

A belated update here about our first two completed competitions. We're now half way through our first year of the International Chocolate Awards, with successful competitions already held in London for the European World Semi-final, and in Florence for the Italian National Competition.

The Italians were the first country to get their own competition in the Awards, and as such were not able to enter the European Semi-final. Their winners though go straight through to the World Final in London in October. You can find a full list of the Italian winners here.

Plain and origin chocolate bars were a reserved category and all entries for these, including Italian, were judged in London. Recognising the best origin chocolate is central to the philosophy of the Awards, so it was important that these are judged side-by-side as much as possible.

You can find a full list of the European winners here, including the best European, Italian, French, Swiss, Organic and Directly Traded Gold winners.

Thanks to all those who have worked so hard this year to make the awards happen, next we're on to New York for the Americas Semi-final and Vancouver for the Canadian National Competition.

Martin Christy
International Chocolate Awards

Comment by Vera Hofman on June 19, 2012 at 4:03pm

European Semi Final Winners 2012:

http://www.internationalchocolateawards.com/2012/06/european-semi-f...

Silver for Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest! Thank you so much!

Congratulations to all the winners! Chocolove, Vera

 

Comment by Martin Christy on May 17, 2012 at 6:36am

Just to update any European readers - the European semi-final of the International Chocolate Awards, to be judged in London, is now open for entries. You can complete the forms online here: http://www.internationalchocolateawards.com/entry-forms/

The online entries should be completed as soon as possible (payment is taken online also). Samples are due by 25 May 2012.

We can accept entries from anywhere in Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. The Americas semi-final round will be announced shortly and will be judged in New York in September.

Entrants from the Asia-Pacific region can choose which of the two semi-finals is best for them to enter, but can only enter one of these.

The winners of the semi-finals and winners of the Italian national competition will go through to the Grand Final, which this year will be in London in October during Chocolate Week.

We are also pleased to say that a Canadian National competition is under discussion and will be announced shortly. More national competitions will be considered for next year.

Comment by Martin Christy on May 15, 2012 at 6:04pm

Vera and Scott, you are both correct, it was an error copying the awards up to the website, which has now been corrected. There were some other dark categories though were there were either no entries or no awards given.

Thanks for pointing it out!

Comment by Vera Hofman on April 28, 2012 at 7:51am

I noticed they changed the list. Now there are two award winners in the category I mentioned in my earlier comment :-)

Thanks Martin and Scott for your explanations.

Comment by Scott on April 27, 2012 at 3:12pm

It looks like they may have collapsed the milk and dark categories for gianduia, Vera, since neither of the two winning gianduiotti (A. Giordano and Guido Castagna, both extraordinary and deserving of the honor) contain any dairy products.  

Comment by Martin Christy on April 26, 2012 at 9:29am

Hi Vera, it turned out that most of the gianduja and cremino products had milk powder in them, so either most of the entries were already in the milk category or there were a few we had to move. Of the remaining entries in that category, none scored high enough to be considered for an award.

There were also a few other categories where there were no entries that made the grade. Products need to achieve a score that's in line with the winning scores for the whole competition to be given an award, being best in a category is not necessarily enough. The Grand Jury also sits at the end and double checks that the best in category are good enough to receive awards.

This was the first year for the Italian competition, and while there were 100 products to judge, we expect more entries next year and you'll probably see less categories without a winner.

I hope that helps!

Martin

Comment by Vera Hofman on April 25, 2012 at 1:17pm

Awards Italy:

http://www.internationalchocolateawards.com/2012/04/italian-winners...

Congratulations Paul: 4 awards! :-)

Martin, Can you explain why in some categories no awards were given? Especially the dark nut based pralines and gianduja? The best are from Italy in my opinion: Paul de Bondt, Gobino, Castagna...

 
 
 

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