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The sweetest Sydney Royal competition has come of age

Posted on : 18 March 2016

Having been part of the Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, judged in February, for many years, the inaugural Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show will be held in August 2016.

The move away from traditional chocolate-giving holidays of Valentine's Day and Easter will be a relief for exhibitors managing production and distribution pressures. Plus the cooler timing will kinder on exhibits as they make their way to Sydney Showground for judging.

The Chair of Judges for the Show will be Jodie Van Der Velden - Chief Judge of Chocolate since 2012. Ms Van Der Velden has 10 years' experience as a professional chocolatier. Her passion for the craft has been rewarded through myriad accolades. Considerable time spent in cacao plantations all over the world, working to understand the raw product in its natural state, has contributed in no small part to Ms Van Der Velden's superior palate and the success of Josophan's Fine Chocolates, which she founded in 2005.

As a stand-alone Show, Sydney Royal will establish a Chocolate Awards Night featuring the live construction and judging of the visually-spectacular Chocolate Showpiece class.

Callebaut will provide covetable prizes for Champion award winners including training at a Callebaut Chocolate Academy in either Europe or the United States of America.

Entries are open now. An Awards Night on 26 August 2016 in The Stables will be a public event.

Words: Jennie Smiedt
Article first appeared in RAS Times February 2016