There is no absolute objective measure of quality; and there can be no absolute objective standard for what can be considered good or what can be considered bad.
But it is possible to reach qualitative judgments about cocoa and chocolate – it’s important to keep in mind these judgments are a mix of objective and subjective elements.
In this live stream we’ll discuss the evaluation of cocoa and chocolate, what rating systems exist and what they are good at (and bad) at. Potential definitions for quality and how to talk about it.
And ... what all this has to do with the judging being done during awards programs. Things to keep in mind include the diversity (or lack thereof) of judging ecosystems and how transparency (or the lack thereof) plays a role on how judgments of chocolate “quality” are communicated and how different audiences perceive the results and internalize them.
Finally, “Could awards judging be doing more harm than good – or at least have unintended negative consequences?”
TCL posts on the topic of awards:
Archived TCL:LIVE streams to watch that provide background:
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