THE JURY AND EVALUATION
A professional jury of 18 members (one jury member per country participating in the world final) will evaluate the creations of each contestant. All jury members are leading experts in gastronomy, pastry and confectionery – mostly working as head chef or consultant in the industry. Each of the jury members has to evaluate and score the performance of all contestants, except the contestant representing his/her own country.
A committee of 4 Heads of the Jury will coach, guide and lead the jury to the fair and transparent evaluation of all finalists. For the World Final '22, the Heads of the Jury will be:
• Amaury Guichon (USA) – Head of the jury
• Kirsten Tibballs (AU) – Jury Head for Taste
• Yusuke Matsushita + Sachi Takagi (JP) – Jury Heads for Artistic Skills
The Heads of the Jury have the right to ask a jury member to justify his/her score – and to review/re-assess in case of irregularities. The contestant that obtains the highest total score will be awarded the title of ‘World Chocolate Master’. Second and third place winners will also be announced based on 2nd highest and 3d highest scores respectively.
HEADS OF THE JURY WORLD FINAL ‘22
AMAURY GUICHON (USA)
HEAD OF THE JURY
The World Final '22 jury is led by Amaury Guichon, the host of Netflix's School of Chocolate. Amaury Guichon is the world's most followed chocolatier and pastry maker on Instagram, with approximately 9 million followers.
His personal vision of totally encasing actual things and figurative aspects in chocolate won the world over. Many chefs regard his workmanship and skills as the gold standard for chocolate creation. But his approach on patisserie, which is rooted in French food, has also gained popularity. All of these factors pointed to Amaury Guichon as a chef with an exceptional and comprehensive vision to be the Head Of The Jury for this edition of the World Chocolate Masters World Final.
KIRSTEN TIBBALLS (AU):
HEAD OF THE JURY FOR TASTE
As Head Of The Jury for Taste this edition's World Final, Australian pastry chef and TV celebrity Kirsten Tibballs will be responsible for the impartial judging of all creations where taste prevails. With her many years of experience at Savour School and her ability to grasp the essence, Kirsten will focus on supervising the fair and honest evaluation of all degustation- and taste- related assignments by the 18-member jury.
Kirsten is also one of the world's most notable female cooks who has made her mark in the field. Tibballs, who has appeared on MasterChef Australia multiple times and is one of the most followed female pastry chefs on Instagram, is known as the 'Queen of Chocolate' for her contributions to the chocolate business.
YUSUKE MATSUSHITA & SACHI TAKAGI (JP):
HEADS OF THE JURY FOR ARTISTIC SKILLS
Last but not least, Japanese chefs Yusuke Matsushita and Sachi Takagi will serve as Heads of the Jury for Artistic Skills alongside Guichon and Tibballs. Their mission is to ensure that all jury members make fair decisions when evaluating the artistic abilities of the 18 finalists.
The World Chocolate Masters chose the Japanese chef-duo for this post because of their exceptional ability to create distinctive shapes and their own visual language. Their unrivaled attention to detail and dedication to bringing creativity to pastry and sweets make them the ideal duo to round out the Jury Heads team. It may be seen in the products they develop for RAU, their Kyoto-based pastry shop.
TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON:THE 18 INTERNATIONAL JURY MEMBERS IN THE WORLD FINAL ’22
Currently, the nomination and selection of the international jury is at full speed. The names of the 18 chefs who will evaluate the creations of all finalists will be announced soon. They each are captains of industry in the respective 18 participating countries and have built their reputation on their professionalism and sense for creativity that make a cut above the rest. With the complete jury line-up taking shape, we’re well on our way to one of the most exciting World Finals in the history of the World Chocolate Masters.
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