Fine Chocolate Industry Association 


The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is proud to host the Fine Chocolate Recognition of Excellence awards every other year to recognize outstanding fine chocolate industry professionals and companies for their significant contributions to our segment of the industry. Our recent Awards Ceremony was Saturday January 19, 2013 in San Francisco, CA  USA.

Congratulations to the winners of our Excellence awards!  Each has followed their passion and by doing so, has raised the bar for the fine chocolate segment of our industry. Each has made a significant positive impact to our industry and their contribution has been recognized by their peers. Our awards recognize and celebrate these contributions. We hope that by hosting these awards, fine chocolate professionals world-wide will continue to explore their passion and continue to innovate, set trends, and raise the overall quality of our industry.

Congratulations 2013 Award Winners!!

photo credit: Michelle Ritchie     

Outstanding Fine Chocolate Maker
  Santiago Peralta   (FCIA member)

Innovation in Fine Chocolate Products
  Andal Balu   (FCIA member - USA)

Outstanding Service to the Industry
  Mary Jo Stojak   (FCIA member - USA)

Lifetime Achievement
  Jacquy Pfeiffer   (USA)

About the Excellence Awards

The FCIA does not issue awards as platitudes. These awards are determined by industry peers and recognize real achievement and contributions.  We do not guarantee that each award category will have a winner - nor do we limit the number of winners per category. 

Nominations were provided by professionals across the chocolate industry and are not gated by FCIA membership. Similarly, nominees/winners do not have to be an FCIA member.  However, to vote - you do need to be a FCIA member.

FCIA Member "I became a member of the FCIA because I strongly support its role in raising and maintaining the quality of the fine chocolate industry through seeking improvements in every aspect of chocolate production from cacao bean to the finished truffle.The FCIA sponsors the Awards for Excellence in Fine Chocolate which greatly inspires small chocolatiers like me to continually strive for purity and innovation in my artisan chocolates."
Cassie Stroup, Chocolate Suites
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Congratulations 2011 Award Winners!!

Curtis Vreeland interviews the FCIA executive director and some of the 2011 FCIA Excellence award winners.

Outstanding Fine Chocolatier
  Michael Recchiuti   (FCIA member - USA)

Outstanding Service to the Industry
  Pam Williams        (FCIA member - Canada)
  Elaine Gonzales    (USA)
  Chantal Coady       (UK)
Outstanding Fine Chocolate Maker or Manufacturer
  Steve De Vries      (FCIA Member - USA)
  Michel Cluizel        (France)
  Art Pollard              (FCIA Member - USA)

Lifetime Achievement
  Larry Burdick                      (USA)
  John Scharffenberger      (USA)

Congratulations 2009 Award Winners!!

Lifetime Achievement
Gary Guittard     (FCIA Member - USA)

Outstanding Fine Chocolate Maker/Manufacturer - Europe
Valrhona      (France)

Outstanding Fine Chocolatier - North America
Fran Bigelow    (USA)

Outstanding Fine Chocolatier - Europe  Robert Linxe    (France)

Outstanding Fine Chocolate Literature
 Alexander Morozoff    (USA)

Innovation in Fine Chocolate Products  Dr Robert Steinberg   (USA) 

Innovation in Fine Chocolate Product Presentation  Norman Love  (USA)

Recognition of Excellence Recipients 2009 

 to learn more about the FCIA and the Fine Chocolate Recognition of Excellence.



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