Fine cacao and chocolate products have proliferated in recent years, and at the same time concerned consumers have sought more education and transparency in relation to the food they eat. The development of meaningful and widespread standards for social and environmental responsibility is ongoing in the chocolate industry, and the Good Food Awards chocolate category recognizes those bean-to-bar makers who are leading the way, creating truly quality bars in every sense. View the full criteria for entry.



Sunita de Tourreil is the founder of The Chocolate Garage and is dedicated to curating craft chocolate and strengthening the cacao supply chain: focusing on the growers, makers and customers. Unique in the chocolate industry, The Chocolate Garage has cultivated an educated customer base, connected the top chocolate makers to their fans and made dozens of new bars possible via an innovative customer-funded model. She has also done hundreds of private and corporate tastings throughout the Bay Area, combining engaged education with tastings and pairings. Sunita has judged for the Good Food Awards and the Northwest Chocolate Festival. She speaks regularly about Happy Chocolate and the need for more transparency, including at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, World Bank and multiple years at the Northwest Chocolate Festival. Prior to deciding to work towards changing chocolate for the better, she could be found studying prions at UCSF. 

Chloe Doutre Roussel has been exploring the world of chocolate for more than 35 years, visiting plantations and production units, and collaborating with experts in various fields. She is committed to meeting the people behind the products to learn their stories, values, and visions, and to relentlessly analyzing processes, marketing, trends, and development strategies. Chloé is a former buyer at Fortnum and Mason, shop manager at Ladurée, author of The Chocolate Connoisseur, and creator of Chloe Chocolat in Paris. She has also worked with El Ceibo, a co-operative of cocoa farmers in Bolivia, to develop the first range of gourmet chocolate for export wholly produced by the cocoa growers. She gives classses, conferences and consultancies worldwide on cacao quality, bean to bar production and marketing on fine cacao and chocolate. Chloé is a regular juror at the Northwest Chocolate Festival and in different cacao growing countries. She is member of honor of the AOC, founding member of the Academia del Chocolate of Ecuador, a member of the Advisory Board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) and board member of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI).

Carla D. Martin, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Carla is a social anthropologist whose current research focuses on ethics, quality, and politics in cacao and chocolate and draws on several years of domestic and international ethnographic experience. Find her online at and @carladmartin.

David Salowich (Chair Emeritus) directs the chocolate and retail program at Bittersweet Café. He also works as a chocolate evangelist, giving lectures, guided tastings and chocolate-themed events at Double Monkey Chocolate. Previously, David worked for Scharffen Berger.


Sarah Jane Evans, MW, Journalist, Committee Member, Academy of Chocolate & Chairman, Institute of Masters of Wine


Bill Addison, Restaurant Editor, Eater
Lauren Adler, Chief Chocophile, Chocolopolis
Chris Colohan, Engineer & Chocolate Enthusiast
Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania & Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Jessica Ferraro, Founder, Bar Cacao
Guilianna Zamora Glassman, Owner & Founder, Alma Superfoods
David Gouldin, Software Developer, Clara Labs
Gary Guittard, Guittard Chocolate
Julia Hallman, Buyer & General Manager, Formaggio Kitchen
Asia Kang, Assistant Manager, Fog City News
Kai Kronfield, Owner & Chocolatier, Nosh This
Bridget Labus, Owner & Chef, Sixth Course Artisan Confections
Emiliano Lee, Founding Partner, Cheese & Sundry; Bay Area Manager, Food Matters Again
Liz Medina, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Finder, Taster & Maker, FemmeDeCacao
Ruth Mercurio, Owner & Managing Partner, We Olive
Alex Molinaro, Associate Buyer, Williams-Sonoma
Christine Muhlke, Editor at Large, Bon Appétit Magazine & Consultant, Bureau X
Peter Perez, Director of Public Relations & Communications, University of California Press
Sandra Peterson, Retail and Product Development Specialist
Rosi Quiñones, Quality Control & Certification Specialist, Royal Coffee
Sam Ratto, Co-CEO & Head Chocolate Maker, Videri Chocolate Factory & Co-Founder, Rottar Chocolate Machine Company
Anthony Rue, Owner, Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
Akaash Saini, Community Engagement Manager & Coffee Educator, Equator Coffees & Teas
Andrew Lawrence Schiff, Co-Pastry Chef, Little Bee Baking
Sara Trikensas, Pastry Chef, Ritz-Carlton St. Louis & formerly with Patric Chocolate
Madeline Weeks
, PhD Candidate, University of California, Davis

Melanie Wong, Chair of Healthy Food Access Committee, NFCCC & Dedicated Eater,
Brian Wood, Owner & Manager, Starter Bakery