NYIOOC Names Panel Leaders

Brígida Jiménez Herrera from Spain, Olfa Baccouri from Tunisia and Antonio G. Lauro from Italy will lead the 18-member jury in the sixth edition of the world's most prestigious olive oil competition.

Olfa Baccouri will be among three panel leaders for the 2018 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition (Photo: NYIOOC)
Feb. 27, 2018
By Olive Oil Times Staff
Olfa Baccouri will be among three panel leaders for the 2018 NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition (Photo: NYIOOC)

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The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition has named three panel lead­ers for the sixth edi­tion of the world’s most pres­ti­gious olive oil qual­ity con­test: Brígida Jiménez Herrera from Spain, Olfa Baccouri from Tunisia and Antonio G. Lauro from Italy.

Each year since 2014, the NYIOOC pres­i­dent, Curtis Cord, has des­ig­nated three judges among the panel of experts to lead the inter­na­tional team in their four-day task to eval­u­ate entries for the competition. 

The panel lead­ers are the author­i­ta­tive points of ref­er­ence for the elite 18-mem­ber judg­ing panel. Together, with the NYIOOC pres­i­dent, they are respon­si­ble for assur­ing the qual­ity and con­sis­tency of the analy­ses of nearly 1,000 olive oil sam­ples from 27 countries.

For Jiménez Herrera and Lauro, it will be the sec­ond time they have led the New York panel and the first appoint­ment for Baccouri, a researcher and long-time mem­ber of the Tunisian Olive Oil Sensory Panel and five-time NYIOOC judge.

Held each April, the NYIOOC is the largest olive oil qual­ity con­test, and its annual list­ing of award win­ners is widely con­sid­ered to be the most trusted guide to the year’s top olive oil brands.

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The NYIOOC judg­ing panel is com­posed of renowned olive oil sen­sory ana­lysts. Over the course of the event, they method­i­cally assess the qual­ity of entries to ulti­mately unveil the best olive oils of the year.


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