The Faerietale Foodie on how the Academy Awards were judged



I was truly thrilled and honoured to be asked to take part in the judging of the Academy of Chocolate Awards this year, and quite literally lept at the chance to be involved in something that really, truly excites me. I also had no idea quite how hard it would be. I know, I know, it sounds heavenly doesn’t it? In reality, I agreed to take part in two consecutive days judging the filled chocolate categories and hadn’t really prepared myself for the round after round of plates brought to the table in quick succession. On each day my fellow judges and I managed to get through around 60 chocolates in the space of four hours, while scoring each one as accurately as possible and writing coherent and constructive notes. I’ve never thought of eating chocolate as a task, but this came close; the entries were a really mixed bag, ranging from the truly dreadful to the sublime. At the end of each day I found myself reeling from the excess of chocolate, caffiene and sugar.

via The Faerietale Foodie.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 20, 2011

    Simon Michalak

    I tend to find myself agreeing with the opinion that it was a ‘task’. To accurately assess that amount of chocolate as fairly and impartially as possible was nigh impossible, and I can’t help feeling that we would have been better off with more time and less chocolate. The amount of time allowed to assess each chocolate was pretty small, and by the end of the day palates (and stomachs) were suffering. Many of the judges seemed to feel the same way. I can’t help but feel that judging times should be more generous, given the amount of time, effort and love that producers put into their product.

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