Meet our Judges

We have selected five community members with culinary experience to judge participating Chocolatier’s in the following categories:
- Most Decadent
- Creative Ingredient
- Original Taste

Guests will have a chance to vote for their favorite chocolate and award a Chocolatier with the coveted People’s Choice!

Our judges for 2014 include:

Aaron Zendner – Aaron is currently the Executive Chef for Sodexo at Sierra Nevada College and owner/confectioner of Mr. Z’s Micro Confectionery. Mr. Z’s was honored at the first “Platinum Chocolatier Award” at 2011 Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival. Between the years 2005 and 2010 Mr. Z’s has received 8 awards including a People’s Choice Award in every year entered. Aaron is happy to continue on as a supporting member of the talented Chefs providing chocolate creations at the festival as well as a judge in future events.