As you may know, I’ve been involved in the organisation of this year’s Academy of Chocolate Awards. I’m happy to say that the results of this year’s awards are now out, and you can view the complete list here.
The stand-out result for me is the one right at the top. Duffy Sheardown’s Honduras Indio Rojo 72% bar, which jointly won the coveted ‘Golden Bean’ award for best bean-to-bar dark chocolate. The fact that the other joint winner of the award was an established player like Amedei makes it even more interesting to me.
You might be wondering why there are joint winners. The awards were given purely on the scores they achieved on the judging days last month, and the two bars in question were right at the top of the pile with almost identical scores. The only fair thing to do in this case was to give the award to both.
Lots of other exciting and interesting results cropped up, and I think there’s a great mix of old favourites like Amedei, William Curley, Rococo and Thorntons with newcomers like Bojesen, Amelia Rope, Go*Do and Matcha.
Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the judges who gave their time and sanity to help us!