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NZ’S Chocolate Awards Return for a Second Year

Published: Tue 17 Jul 2018 04:23 PM
NZ’S Chocolate Awards Return for a Second Year, Bigger And Better
With a new international head judge
Tuesday 17 July 2018
After judging more than 120 New Zealand made chocolate bars, bonbons and truffles last year, the NZ Chocolate Awards is back for 2018, bigger and better than ever.
The NZ Chocolate Awards 2018 will be judged on Wednesday 12 September at Auckland’s Fresh Factory, with the results to be announced during NZ Chocolate Week, on the eve of the NZ Chocolate and Coffee Show at The Cloud on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October.
As well as aligning the announcement of NZ’s finest chocolate makers with NZ Chocolate Week, the organisers are pleased to announce the appointment of Elle Crocker aka Elle Coco as head judge. Elle will be supported by an independent judging panel of food experts. This year the only chocolatiers in the judging panel will be those without products in the competition.
Elle Coco is an experienced chocolate judge at the British Academy of Chocolate and the International Chocolate Awards. She recently moved to Wellington from London taking the long route and starting in Mexico, before covering off all of Central America and the western countries of South America, to visit cacao plantations, meeting growers and tasting chocolate along the way.
In London, Elle ran chocolate making workshops and classes for British chocolatiers, department stores and global companies, including William Curley Patissier, Harrods and PWC. In addition to running workshops, Elle has worked with new and established chocolate makers, including Damson Chocolate (UK), Tri Island Chocolate (Grenada, Caribbean) and Stamba Chocolatier (Georgia, Caucasus). Elle has hosted education and tasting sessions at London’s ‘The Chocolate Show’ and ‘The Grenada Chocolate Festival’ in the Caribbean.
Organisers of the NZ Chocolate Awards, Intermedia NZ and Marvellous Marketing, welcomed Elle to the team saying she would add a new level of experience to the judging which would in turn help the country’s burgeoning chocolate industry.
With Elle’s guidance the categories for 2018 have been refined. One chocolate product will be named Supreme Champion from the Best in Class winners across categories which are: bean-to-bar chocolate bars; flavoured bars; filled chocolates including ganache and bonbons; bark, brittle, dipped fruit and nuts; best NZ made product using chocolate; drinking chocolate; best children’s chocolate and best packaging.
NZ chocolatiers have until Friday 31 August 2018 to enter online at https://www.nzchocolateawards.co.nz.
Judging samples must arrive in Auckland between Monday 3 September and Tuesday 11 September. Judging will take place on Wednesday 12 September at Fresh Factory, Auckland. Results will be sent to entrants via email on Monday 17 September with Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners made public on Tuesday 18 September. Best in Class winners, including the Supreme Champion will be announced onFriday 5 October 2018.

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