The competition was set up and organised by IRVEA – International Olive Oil Agency and Olive Oil Academy in collaboration with Parma Chamber of Commerce and SSICA – Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry and its call will run until February 10.
The Armonia International Olive Oil Competition, now in its 10th year, is still the first and only International Olive Oil Competition which involves producers, tasters, chefs, foodies and consumers in recognising and awarding prizes to the best international EVOOs and for their mindful use in food and oil pairing.
The Competition aims to stimulate and encourage olive growers and processors to improve product quality, recognising and awarding prizes to the best international EVOOs; promote awareness, mindful use and flavour harmonisation in food and oil pairing, via cooking competitions between professional chefs, young cooks, foodies and ordinary consumers; give awards in order to promote restaurants, restaurateurs, chefs and all food businesses demonstrating outstanding correct, rational use and promotion of extra virgin olive oil of excellence in the food service industry and in schools of Haute Cuisine and Gastronomy in various countries.
Also, the Competition is divided into various sections:
• ARMONIA Olive Oil Competition – Sensory Competition
• ARMONIE IN THE KITCHEN – Cooking Competition
• ARMONIA Packaging – Graphic Design and Communicative Impact Competition
• ARMONIA People’s Choice – Competition with People’s Choice Judging Panel
In order to guarantee uniform assessment of fresh product, competing oils will be collected and selected in two separate periods, according to harvesting periods in the various geographical zones divided by hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere: samples to be sent by 10th February of each year; and Southern Hemisphere: samples to be sent by 30th October of each year.
ARMONIE IN THE KITCHEN
A committee of celebrity chefs, journalists and food bloggers will judge and award prizes to original, innovative dishes prepared by young chefs, food bloggers and cooking enthusiasts using the winning oils in every single flavour category. The oils will be presented anonymously to the participants who must select them, according to the established format and regulations.