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RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE IN FINE CHOCOLATE

The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is proud to host the 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. We hope that by hosting these awards, fine chocolate professionals world-wide will continue to explore their passion and innovate, set trends, and raise the overall quality of our industry.

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 are 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.

Nominations are 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

PLEASE NOTE, THE FCIA MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE IS UNDERGOING A REORGANIZATION. WE'LL BE READY FOR NEW MEMBERS ON APRIL 1, 2018.

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Congratulations to the winners of our Recognition of 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.

Congratulations 2017 Award Recipients!


Outstanding Service to the Industry 
  Carla Martin, PhD, Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute
  Matthew Stevens, Dessert Professional

Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolatier
  Sibu Chocolate (accepted by Julio Fernandez Amon)

Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolate Maker
  Greg D’Alesandre, Dandelion Chocolate
   Alex Whitmore, Taza Chocolate

Outstanding Contribution at Origin in Sustainability of Fine Chocolate
   Brian Horsley, Marañon Chocolate
   Emily Stone, Uncommon Cacao

Lifetime Achievement
   John Nanci, Chocolate Alchemy
   Ed Seguine, Seguine Cacao, Cocoa & Chocolate Advisors
   Mott Green, Grenada Chocolate (posthumously awarded; accepted by Mott’s Mother, Dr. Judith Friedman)

2015 Award Winners

Outstanding Service to the Industry
  John Kehoe

Outstanding Contribution by a Fine Chocolate Maker/Manufacturer
   Manufacture Cluizel


2013 Award Winners

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)



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)


2009 Award Winners

Recognition of Excellence Recipients 2009

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)

"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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