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QUALITYolive oil competition


 
 
The purpose of the competitions is:
a) To inform olive-growers, oil producers, oil-pressers, processors and retailers, who distribute their standardized products legally, to preserve and to ameliorate the quality of their branded product by promoting high quality olive oil in every aspect of the spectrum of its use and consumption.

b) The promotion of the knowledge of the particular value and of the healthy/nutritional aspects of olive oil to new consumers of young age (schools), to professional pastry chefs, artisans, with emphasis to gastronomy & culinary art schools and to restaurants.

c) The promotion of the diversity of varieties and of the high quality of olive oils produced with the aim of advancing the knowledge of their tasting differences.


Thepanel of judges

IRINI KOKOLAKI, Greece
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DAVID NEUMAN, USA
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CHANIA CHAGAS, Brazil
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ALEXIS KERNER, Spain
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NIKOLAOS POLYCHRONOPOULOS, Greece
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LISETE OSORIO, Portugal
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ERAN GALILI, Israel
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BIRSEN CAN PEHLIVAN, Turkey
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JUAN BASEDA TORRUELLA, Spain
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MAR FERNANDEZ GARCIA, Spain
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PAOLA CONSOLINI, Italy
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ANA ALEGRE, Portugal
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SONDA LAROUSSI, Tunisia
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VASILIJ VALENCIC, Slovenia
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IRINI KOKOLAKI

Irini Kokolaki is founder and owner of the O Olive business & EVOO production. She is member of the Italian women’s organization of extra virgin olive oil “Pandolea”. She completes the course concerning panel leader of virgin olive oil tasters, National Center of Agriculture Capacity of San Fernando de Henares, Ministry of Agriculture-Madrid.

DAVID NEUMAN

David Neuman has 30 years of specialty and organic executive food management experience in the competitive USA market. The last 15 years devoted to olive oil at the highest quality. Opened his consulting business, EVOOGuy.com and crated his brand of tasting and selling premium olive oil via his mobile Olive Oil truck- where you can find him at food and wine events in Florida. David is an O.N.A.O.O Professional Level 2 Olive Oil taster and attended this famed school in Imperia Italy since 2011 to present.

CHANIA CHAGAS

Chania Chagas, Entrepreneur. She is Expert in Olive Oil Tasting with more than 6 years of experience in the sector. Owner of an Olive Oil Importer and Distributor Company in Brazil and the first olive oil boutique store – Empório do Azeite

ALEXIS KERNER

Alexis Kerner, born in Philadelphia, is an expert olive oil taster who has resided in Seville, Spain for almost 20 years. She received her undergrad in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and her title as Expert Olive Oil Taster from the International Olive Council and the University of Jaen in Spain. She also has trained under top Spanish olive oil tasters, Brígida Jiménez and María Paz Aguilera. Every spring, Alexis serves on the international juries for the Ovibeja International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition of Portugal and Terra Olivo in Jerusalem. She has also been recognized as a member of the Associate Savante Registry that demonstrates tasting skill. In 2014, she founded The Olive Oil Workshop, a company that strives to educate buyers at all levels as well as producers of virgin olive oils in order to empower consumers, promote good olive oil, and support producers in a difficult market.

NIKOLAOS POLYCHRONOPOULOS

Nikolaos is a member of the panel of the Organoleptic Assessment Laboratory of the Hellenic Association of Industries and Processors of Olive Oil (SEVITEL), under the panel leader Effie Christopoulou. The panel is accredited according to the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard and recognized by the International Olive Council (IOC) since 1-12-2015, in the organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oils. He was one of the founding panel members of the Laboratory, which was set up in 2006 and was officially accredited in 2012. As a member of the panel he participated in a survey for the identification of the special characteristics of the Greek Protected Designation of Origin extra virgin olive oils, according to the relevant IOC method (COI/T.20/Doc. no. 22). In 2018 he attended the course and received the title as Expert Olive Oil Tester from the University of Jaén in Spain.

LISETE OSORIO

International wine and olive oil expert . Wine and olive oil producer- Member FIJEV