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Sweet success at this year's Chocolate Show

Posted on : 26 September 2016

Chocolate lovers rejoiced on Friday evening at Sydney Showground, where winners for the inaugural 2016 Callebaut Sydney Royal Chocolate Show were announced.

Hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), this year's Show was conducted as a standalone event for the very first time, with a record number of exhibits vying for success.

Six expert judges tasted their way through an incredible 128 exhibits, to establish the finest of the decadent offerings, the winners of the Show's prestigious awards.

Bracegirdle's House of Fine Chocolate was one of the standout winners announced on the evening, taking out four of eight major awards, including overall Champion Chocolate.  This prize included an overseas trip to train at a Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Europe or the USA.

Bracegirdle's was founded in Glenelg, South Australia in 2005 and is family owned and operated. It has since spread its way from south to north, becoming the chocolate of choice at resorts on Kangaroo Island and at Uluru, as well as several other prestigious locations across Australia.

Jodie Van Der Velden, Chair of Judges and founder of Josophan's Fine Chocolates, said that the calibre of some of the exhibits in the Show this year was truly outstanding.

"We were especially impressed with the individual moulded single chocolate category, where a swag of medals was awarded," she said.

"Many of the chocolates were both innovative in their flavour combinations and exemplary in the technical skills displayed, evident in the finishing of the products. There were some truly beautifully crafted products, and in fact overall champion was awarded to a boxed selection of moulded chocolates."

"We are continuing to nurture the development of particularly interesting categories, including the new Student class, and live showpiece building.  An incredibly detailed gold medal winning showpiece was constructed this year and when word gets out the prize includes a trip to train at a Callebaut chocolate academy overseas, I'm sure we'll see even greater growth in this category!" Ms Van Der Velden said.

Available for interview: Jodie Van Der Velden, Chair of Judges and founder of Josophan's Fine Chocolate

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