It may not be health food but good chocolate is hard to refuse. And being a chocolate judge would have to be one of the best jobs around.

Today a handful of those experts put the best chocolate to the test at the RNA showgrounds.

Teagan Sydes reports.


Judgement day is here at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show.

Sweet-toothed applicants across the country have placed their chocolatey creations in the running for the title of Champion Chocolate of Show.

Chief Judge Russel Smith: “We’ve got entries from Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. And Queesland. Ninety-three entries over all, which is almost double what we expected for the first show.”

The judges looked at filling, tempering, craftsmanship, and decoration.

And the most important of the lot, taste.

Gary Willis, Chocolate Importer: “Firstly something with very clean harmonised flavours, something that will melt on your mouth.”

To take home an impressive medal and great marketing advantages, the champion chocolate makers need to know just what makes a great treat.

With the judges saying the selection of Australian chocolate is up to par with that of a European standard, there’s no question you won’t find your average Kit-Kat or Curly Wurly. The only question on these judges’ lips is who’s paying for the gym membership.

For the judges it’s just another hard day’s work.

Teagan Sydes, QUT News.

Photo gallery images by Raisa Sugandi.

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