The International Chocolate Awards
Human beings have been devoted to chocolate for thousands of years. The cacao tree – from which cocoa comes from – was worshipped by the Mayan civilisation. Cacao is the Mayan word for ‘god food’, and since it was transported back to Spain and Europe by early Conquistador explorers, we have been enamoured by this ‘food of the gods’.
This year, taking place in the extravagant Marriott Hotel in London, we have been able to celebrate the finest chocolate that has been made across the world. Set up by Martin Christy of fine chocolate review site, Seventy% and Kate Johns, Director of Chocolate Week, the Awards featured ganaches and truffles; fruit pastes; nut based pralines and gianduja. Everything that a chocolate lover could ask for.
This is the first year of the International Chocolate Awards, set up to recognise the best fine quality chocolate from around the world. The awards are designed to reflect international tastes, as well as offering a level playing field for international entries. An Italian round was held earlier this year with a US round planned for September in New York and the World Finals back in London in October. The European Semi Final received over 260 entries from more than 50 different brands. Entries came from all over Europe – from countries more traditionally associated with chocolate such as France and Switzerland, to up and coming countries including Israel and the Czech Republic. This international diversity perhaps demonstrates the awesome power of chocolate to unite people, to bring us together and celebrate our shared love of the delicious treat.
Winners included Sea salted caramel, Lemon praline bon bons, minst & sweet Basil and Cardamom & Banana.
The categories, which range from flavoured bars to filled chocolates to spreads, are designed to reflect the current chocolate industry. Prizes are separated according to category, with Gold and Silver awards available. Winners go through to the International Grand Final, which will judge the very best of the best. Taking place in October 2012 in London (coinciding with ‘chocolate week’), this final will certainly be not one to miss.
For more information about the International Chocolate Awards, please visit the website here
If you’d like to make your very own chocolate treats, have a look at the below video!