Meet the jury

18 jury members. One from every region that is participating. All experts in gastronomy, pastry and confectionery. Led by a team of 4 heads of the jury that will coach, guide and lead them to a fair scoring.

HEADS OF THE JURY WORLD FINAL ‘22

AMAURY GUICHON  
HEAD OF THE JURY

 

Host of Netflix's School of Chocolate, Amaury Guichon, leads the jury at the World Final. He is the world's most-followed chocolatier and pastry maker, with approximately 9 million fans on Instagram.

 

His craftmanship and skill are recognised, by many, as being the gold standard for chocolate creation. Together with his team, he will now lead 18 jury members to pick the next World Chocolate Master.

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KIRSTEN TIBBALLS  
HEAD OF THE JURY FOR TASTE

 

As Head Of The Jury for Taste, Australian pastry chef and celebrity Kirsten Tibballs will be responsible for evaluating all creations where taste prevails. She will look for excellence in every assignment. Will the finalists be able to convince her with their use of flavours and textures? This Queen of Chocolate is ready to let the judging begin. 

 

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YUSUKE MATSUSHITA & SACHI TAKAGI  
HEADS OF THE JURY FOR ARTISTIC SKILLS

 

Japanese chefs Yusuke Matsushita and Sachi Takagi are our Heads of the Jury for Artistic Skills. The World Chocolate Masters chose the chef-duo for this because of their exceptional ability to create visual language. Their unrivaled attention to detail and dedication has already brought creativity to a whole new level. They expect our finalists to do the same.

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THE 18 INTERNATIONAL JURY MEMBERS IN THE WORLD FINAL ’22

The Heads of the Jury have the right to ask jury members to justify their scoring – and to review/re-assess if there are any irregularities. The contestant with the highest total score will be awarded the title of World Chocolate Master.

Hisashi Onobayashi  

Jury member Hisashi Onobayashi of Japan once participated in The World Chocolate Masters competition himself. So he understands perfectly well the pressure our competitors will face during the gruelling finale.

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Charles Azar  

Jury member Charles Azar has been competing since he was 20 years old. Now, as a judge, he looks forward to the chance to nurture those fearful of the toll competition might take. At the grand final, he is thrilled to see the convergence of creativity, imagination and new techniques.

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Krzysztof Ilnicki  

According to jury member Krzysztof Ilnicki, it doesn't get better than The World Chocolate Masters. He gets goosebumps just thinking about the amount of chocolate creativity packed in just 3 days.

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David Maenhout  

Belgian jury member David Maenhout is very excited to start judging our competitors' work. He wants magic in every bite. Especially now that the hectic COVID period is coming to an end.

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Christophe Bonzon  

Jury member Christophe Bonzon feels honoured to be named one of the members of our WCM jury. He has watched and attended previous finals for years and loves the bursts of creativity and diversity competitors always manage to bring.

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Florent Cheveau  

Jury member Florent Cheveau hopes to see talent rise to the top. He's interested in seeing new techniques, flavours and textures.

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Jason Tsai  

Jury member Jason Tsai feels immense joy at being invited to judge what he calls "The Great Chocolate Party." Becoming a WCM jury member was a professional target for him.

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Yann Couvreur  

French jury member Yann Couvreur is very excited to be a part of this world-class jury. His expectations are high. Because he feels the competition demands it.

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Miquel Guarro  

Jury member Miquel Guarro is really excited to be part of the jury for the World Final. He is eager to see what new ideas the finalists will bring to the pastry world.

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Young Hoon Kim  

Jury member Young Hoon Kim takes his role as a jury member seriously. He believes jury members have the responsibility to become bridges for the next generation of chocolate experts.

Felicia Ludwig  

Swiss jury member Felicia Ludwig is incredibly proud to be a member of the WCM jury. She looks forward to the challenge, certain in the fact that judging the best of the best is a hard job to get right. She expects to see and taste perfection in every single detail.

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Matteo Berti  

Chef Matteo Berti of Italy takes up the mantle of jury member with a tremendous amount of respect. He wants to use his position to push talent to the surface and help them thrive.

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Helena Fléglová  

Jury member Helena Fléglová is already proud of what our finalists have accomplished. Their devotion to the world of chocolate is exemplary and she looks forward to seeing how they'll continue to push their talents.

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Tahar Ait Errami  

Tahar Ait Errami is already a veteran jury member. His 2018 judging experience left him hungry for more - excited to see just how good the next generation of chocolate masters is.

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Jurgen Koens  

Jury member Jurgen Koens looks forward to starting the judging in Paris. He expects the level of our finalists to be very high, with new techniques, applications and showpieces dominating the scene.

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Alistair Birt  

Jury member Alistair Birt feels privileged and excited about being a member of the World Final jury.

He looks forward to seeing, feeling and tasting how our competitors push innovation and creativity to find new flavours, textures and techniques that impress chocolate lovers around the globe.

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Christos Lambrou  

According to jury member Christos Lambrou, the World Chocolate Masters is the most important competition in the pastry world. It's a time when we see the true possibilities of this community we are all a part of.

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Petri Siren  

The Finnish jury member expects to see phenomenal chocolate handling skills and never-before-seen personal insights. He knows the finalists are about to be challenged immensely. He wants to see controlled risk-taking and pure joy in everything they do.

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Sustainability Jury

For the first time ever, there will be a Sustainability Jury during the World Chocolate Masters. They will judge conscious creation, which is about having in mind today’s challenges to create tomorrow’s desserts.

Yesim Erol  

HEAD OF CHOCOLATE ACADEMY ISTANBUL

For Yeşim, sustainability is the ability to remain our available resources without compromising the needs of further generations. She believes that chefs are playing a key role to create sustainability cautiousness. She hopes the finalists reflect their point of view to their creations.

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Lauren V. Haas  

LEAD CHEF CHOCOLATE ACADEMY CENTERS NORTH AMERICA

According to Lauren, sustainability is a really broad subject and her expectation for the finalists is that they are going to thoughtfully consider how the ingredients they use, the processes they choose and the materials that are incorporated throughout the competition are going to support the health of people and the planet to ensure a sustainable future.

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Amélie Allemand  

SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER FOR THE GOURMET BRANDS

Sustainability is the only way we can guarantee that the product we are enjoying today, will still be available for future generations. She is expecting the finalists to measure the impact they can have on the planet and the actions put in place to remediate them.

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Clare England  

CHOCOLATE ACADEMY CHEF IN THE UK

"Sustainability is thoughtfulness."  For Clare, sustainability doesn’t just cover ingredients and work methods but it’s understanding the impact one person can have on the whole planet. She is expecting to see creativity with the impact of their work on people, profitability and the planet.

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