A record-breaking 1,200 entries have been judged at the 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards.
The entries, made up of chocolate produced in more than 45 countries, included a significant increase in chocolate made by smaller producers – reflecting growing awareness of the origin, craft and sustainability of real chocolate.
The awards aim to recognise and showcase great-tasting chocolate and its producers. Entries were received from traditional chocolate-making producers in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as newer producers from countries such as Colombia, Croatia and Korea.
Leading chocolatiers from across the industry, including Luke Frost of Valrhona and Keith Hurdman from Felchlin, came together to judge the awards, and were joined by Andrew Baker of The Telegraph, Charles Metcalfe MW and Spencer Hyman of Cocoa Runners, as well as some of the UK’s most prominent chocolate bloggers and food writers.
Held at Westminster Kingsway College, London, industry experts took part in 15 days of judging – deliberating over key categories including Bean to Bar, Tree to Bar, Flavoured, Milk and White Bars, Filled chocolates, Spreads and Packaging
The announcement was made on the Academy of Chocolate’s website http://acadofchoc.com/results-16-c.asp.