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World Chocolate Awards

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Whitaker Mar 28, 2012. 23 Replies

I'd like to let my fellow members of the Chocolate Life Community know about the project I have been working on for a long time now, since it is shortly to be finished.I'm an avid consumer of…Continue

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Ian Whitaker replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Hi Jeff Thank you for your points. I'll respond to them one by one below. If you have any other questions or suggestions please do not hesitate.   Since new chocolate will be coming out: the World Chocolate Awards book will be published on…"
Mar 28, 2012
Jeff Nelson replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"This sounds like it will be a very interesting read and informative. Since new chocolate will be coming out and more and more people out there are making chocolate, my suggestion would be to set parameters of what chocolate you will and will not…"
Mar 4, 2012
Ian Whitaker replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Hi Lowe. My delay in replying is due to my workload but I will always reply as soon as possible. Again thank you for highlighting interesting and important points that we can discuss.  I have always been lucky enough to be travelling or…"
Mar 4, 2012
ChocoFiles replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"[Quote]The award is for the best. For an example if a chocolate is intended by to be a light milk chocolate with pieces of hazelnut in it, then the question has to be asked is it the best "light milk chocolate with pieces of hazelnut." So…"
Feb 6, 2012
Ian Whitaker replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Hi Clay, I don't see any complicated issues here: World Chocolate Awards is exactly what is says on the tin: awards for chocolates from all over the world. A person needs to criticise chocolate to be a chocolate critic; you need to…"
Feb 6, 2012
Ian Whitaker replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Hi Adrienne I agreee, particularly regarding dark chocolate. But it is an amazing time to have so many on offer to try and discover. It makes things a lot more exciting and fun than a stagnant marketplace. As you say it is possible to find it…"
Feb 5, 2012
Clay Gordon replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Ian: The issue of the makeup of the panel whose judgments are the basis of awarding the ... ahh ... awards is always of interest to people. If the judge is you, I think people will want to know your bona fides. Especially because these are being…"
Feb 5, 2012
Ian Whitaker replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Hi Lowe Excuse the delay, I have been away. This has got to be one of the most interesting points raised. The award is for the best. For an example if a chocolate is intended by to be a light milk chocolate with pieces of hazelnut in it, then…"
Feb 5, 2012
Adriennne Henson replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"I do like your view on this and I am on the other end of selling chocolate and have tasted many bars a long the way. For me it is either I like a bar or don't but also chocolate has gotten very complicated these days and I try to make…"
Jan 24, 2012
Clay Gordon replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Not sure exactly what qualifies these as "awards" then, based on your description. Sounds more like the guide to French chocolates produced by the Club des Croqueurs de Chocolats, but with only one taster, maybe? You are the sole taster…"
Jan 24, 2012
ChocoFiles replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Ian, Am I correct that you're responding to Clay's question about the judges?  Know who the judges are is definitely a key component to any award.  Are you the sole "judge" who determines these awards?  And for…"
Jan 24, 2012
ChocoFiles replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"Ian, In your book are you attempting to list the "best" chocolates or your "favorites"?  To me there's quite a difference between those 2 aims."
Jan 24, 2012
Ian Whitaker replied to Ian Whitaker's discussion World Chocolate Awards
"It is unwise for anyone to stand on a pedestal and assert that they have special tastebuds. We all are most happy with our own perception of taste. It is a subjective thing as you know. I am a human being who tastes…"
Jan 24, 2012

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