Panel

Quality Awards Jury:
Olive Oil Analysis Experts​

The judging team for the JOOTA AWARDS Quality Award is composed of tasters and panel leaders who have been selected as top experts from Japan and overseas to perform quality evaluation and sensory analysis of olive oil.
In major olive oil producing countries such as Europe and the Mediterranean countries, olive oil specialists called “tasters” (and the panel) certified by governments and public organizations are responsible for sensory analysis of olive oil in order to protect the quality of olive oil.
The Japan Olive Oil Taster Association has true experts who have been trained in accordance with the formal regulations of its international standards of IOC and is working to improve the quality of olive oil and contribute to the development of the olive culture and industry.
As a specialist institution that evaluates olive oil quality to the world standard in Japan, we maintain a neutral and impartial position and build a network with institutions, organizations and experts around the world.
Because our association is an organization based on such activities, top experts in quality evaluation gather to achieve high-level judgement.

Emmanuel Salivaras

GREECE

Himeyo Nagatomo

JAPAN

Ehud Soriano

ISRAEL

Franco Pasquini

ITALY

Esperanza Macarena Díaz Ramos

SPAIN

Raffaele Disanti

ITALY

Akiko Iguchi

JAPAN

Chisato Kurihara

JAPAN

Hiroki Ishida

JAPAN

Special Awards Jury:
Industry Professionals

The JOOTA Awards special prize is judged by top industry professionals, including chefs and distributors. These experts come together to select the best extra virgin olive oil from each perspective and give special prizes. Through this selection, we will create a deeper value in the Japanese market for extra virgin olive oil and the people that make it great.

 

Chef's Awards Judges

Celebrated Top Chefs

Masayuki Judai

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo - Executive Chef

Yohei Abe

InterContinental Tokyo Bay - Italian Dining Zillion Chef

Takashi Kawashima

La Rochelle - Executive Chef

Kotaro Hasegawa

KOTARO Hasegawa DOWNTOWN CUISINE - Owner Chef

Takashi Tamura

Tsukiji Tamura - Third Generation Chef

Kazutaka Marumoto

Ore-no Italian - Chef

Satoshi Okada

Pizzeria e Trattoria AD'ACCHIO - Chef

Ayumi Akagi

RESTAURANT SANT PAU - Chef

Kazutoyo Inoue

szechwan restaurant CHEN - Chef

Department Store Buyers' Awards Judges

There are High quality, Elegance, Luxury, Tradition…
From the most famous and largest Japanese Department Stores.

Yuji Yamashita

TAKASHIMAYA CO., LTD.
 MERCHANDISING
HEADQUARTERS
FOODS DIVISION
MERCHANDISER

Ryu Watanabe

Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.
Merchandising Headquarters Promotion Merchandising
Division Foods 
Buyer

Enter the competition today!

Your olive oil is one-of-a-kind, and it’s time to show that to the world! Submit your product to the JOOTA Awards and start your journey towards conquering the market of Japan.

 
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