The International Chocolate Awards is pleased to announce the Winners of the fourth French Chocolatier Competition, judged with our French Partner Planetgout. This competition judged entries from chocolatiers based in France, celebrating the historic excellence in fine chocolate and the craft of French fine chocolatiers.
Winners will pass through to the World Final later in 2020.
The judging panel was made up of member of our Grand Jury and international judges who traveled to Paris, joined by local chefs, journalists, bloggers and chocolate specialists.
The categories judged included flavoured bars, filled chocolates, bonbons and pralines and chocolate spreads. The competitions were for national/regional entries for all categories except Plain/origin dark, milk and white bars. These categories are being judged later at the European Bean-to-Bar competition. 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.
Awards are given only to entries that meet the required standard for each prize.
French Chocolatier Competition
(Prizes are shown in alphabetical order for each medal)
Dark chocolate bars with an infusion or flavouring
Silver:(France) - Chocolat Noir 70% Ouganda / Banane
+ Special: Innovation
Ganaches, palets, ganache pralines and truffles
Unflavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles
Bronze:(France) - Chocolat "Vieux Cacaoyers"
Flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles
Gold:(France) - Francescu - Safran et Délice d'Oranges
+ Special: Gastronomic
Silver:(France) - "Mintrastella" ou Menthe Aquatique
+ Special: Local ingredients
Silver:(France) - Chocolat Aneth
Silver:(France) - Chocolat Citron Vert/Basilic
Silver:(France) - Ganache Thym-Miel
Flavoured milk chocolate ganaches or truffles
Silver:(France) - Ganache Rhum-Raisins
Flavoured ganaches or truffles with combination coating or filling
Gold:(France) - Ganache Cêpes et Oranges
+ Special: Gastronomic
Silver:(France) - Ganache Café du Vietnam et Combava
Silver:(France) - Ganache Carotte, Orange, Gingembre Frais
Nut based pralines with dark chocolate
Gold:(France) - Canela
Nut based pralines with milk chocolate
Gold:(France) - Praliné aux Graines de Sarrasin
Nut based pralines with combination chocolate
Gold:(France) - Praliné Pistache, Olive Noire et Amande
Silver:(France) - Praliné Sésame, Amande,Graine de Nigelle
Milk chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts
Bronze:(France) - Noisettes Enrobées de Chocolat au Lait
White chocolate dragées, enrobed whole nuts
Silver:(France) - Chocolat Apéritif Fenouil Chocolat Blanc
Others - fruit/sugar/butter/cream/misc
Dark chocolate enrobed fruit pastes, jellies/gelée
Gold:(France) - Bonbon à la Mandarine
Spreads with dark chocolate (no milk powder)
Silver:(France) - Pâte à Tartiner Noisette Chocolat Noir
Spreads with milk chocolate
Silver: Au Bon Chocolat (France) - Pâte à Tartiner Noisette Chocolat
Silver:(France) - Kikawet -Pâte à Tartiner Choco-Cacahuète
Bronze:(France) - Pâte à Tartiner Noisettes Chocolat Lait
Bronze:(France) - Plaisir à Tartiner Noisette
(*) Declared chocolate maker for private label bars.
(**) Winner has declared the product is made with their own bean-to-bar chocolate or couverture.