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Top Tasters to Lead 2016 NYIOOC Panel

Oct. 19, 2015
Olive Oil Times Staff

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The New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC) announced today the appoint­ments of three panel lead­ers for the fourth edi­tion of the world’s largest and most pres­ti­gious olive oil com­pe­ti­tion.

Unlike other com­pe­ti­tions where there is one panel leader, or head judge, the NYIOOC each year appoints three judges from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to lead the inter­na­tional team of experts that make up the elite judg­ing panel.

The panel lead­ers for the 2016 NYIOOC are Carola Dümmer Medina from Chile, Konstantinos Liris from Greece and Fernando Martínez Román from Spain.

Top experts in their fields who exem­plify the excel­lence of the NYIOOC panel.- Curtis Cord, NYIOOC President

NYIOOC pres­i­dent Curtis Cord called the three panel lead­ers top experts in their fields who exem­plify the excel­lence of the NYIOOC panel — the lead­ing olive oil tasters in the world.”

Ms. Dümmer Medina is a food and wine indus­try expert who co-founded the Panel Cata Chile (Chilean Tasting Panel) and has served on the NYIOOC panel since the first edi­tion in 2013.


Mr. Liris served as a direc­tor of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Messinia. A rec­og­nized expert in olive oil organolep­tic analy­sis, he recently founded a con­sult­ing firm. This will be his third year at the New York com­pe­ti­tion.

Dr. Román is a spe­cial­ist at the Instituto de la Grasa (Seville) and has pub­lished 19 sci­en­tific arti­cles in olive sec­tor jour­nals. This will be Dr. Román’s third year judg­ing in New York.

Carola Dümmer Medina, Fernando Martínez Román and Konstantinos Liris

The panel lead­ers are among the fif­teen dis­tin­guished experts who will eval­u­ate over 700 olive oils from 25 coun­tries next April, ulti­mately deter­min­ing the best olive oils in the world for 2016.

The win­ning olive oils are cov­eted by chefs, food buy­ers and dis­cern­ing con­sumers who value extra vir­gin olive oils of the high­est qual­ity. The results are pre­sented on the web­site bestoliveoils.org and syn­di­cated world­wide.

The New York International Olive Oil Competition is pro­duced by Olive Oil Times, an inde­pen­dent pub­li­ca­tion unaf­fil­i­ated with any olive oil brand.

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