Benelux Chocolatier Competition – Winners

The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the 2018 Benelux Regional Competition, which was judged in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8 – 11 June, 2018.

The 2018 Benelux Regional Competition focuses on chocolatier products and flavoured bars from chocolatiers and chocolate companies based in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. This competition is for chocolatiers and companies working from couverture. Winners will go through to the World Final in Florence in October 2018.


The judging panel included regular European judges, along with pastry chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and other specialists from the local area and members of our international Grand Jury panel.



All judging is anonymised, including at the Grand Jury final session, where Golds, Silver and Bronze prizes are awarded by private voting according to the Grand Jury rules.

Prizes are awarded only to entries that meet the required standard for each prize.

(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)

Flavoured bars

Dark chocolate bars with a filling

Gold: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Snacking bar Muesli 100 % Vegan

Silver: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Snacking bar Pistache Fruits Rouges

Bronze: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Snacking bar Cacahuète Caramel

Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles

Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Carré Noir  (Belgium) - Congo

Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles

Gold: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Ganache aux Olives Taggiasche

Silver: Carré Noir  (Belgium) - Earl Grey

Silver: Carré Noir  (Belgium) - Pepper

Silver: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Ganache Yuzu

Bronze: Chocolatier Reen  (Belgium) - Rhubarb

Flavoured white chocolate ganaches or truffles

Bronze: Chocolatier Reen  (Belgium) - Vanilla Heaven

Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling

Silver: Jérôme Grimonpon  (Belgium) - Vue sur Terre

Bronze: Jérôme Grimonpon  (Belgium) - Mojito (**)


Nut based pralines with dark chocolate

Silver: Laurent Gerbaud Chocolatier  (Belgium) - Praliné Sésame

Bronze: Chocolatier Reen  (Belgium) - Sea Buckthorn Berry

Nut based pralines with milk chocolate

Silver: Jérôme Grimonpon  (Belgium) - Stars

(*)  Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.

(**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.