In 2016 the North American Olive Oil Taster’s Challenge includes a new option for TEAM entries. The Challenge format is based on the International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes format which assesses tasters’ ability to identify different oils including varieties and regions, intensity rankings, and faults or defect detection.
Individuals can benchmark their expertise by testing their abilities alongside other tasters all using the same format. The TEAM option allows for three individuals to compete as a group and combine scores for a Team Score to be compared to other teams. Whether entering as an individual or as part of a team, all participants will have the option of having their individual score assessed for Membership in the International Register of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes.
To enter the Challenge, you must register for the full conference or a July 20 Day Pass – there is no additional fee for entering the Challenge. Team registrations must be finalized by the close of the second day of the conference (July 19).
Everyone entering the Challenge will receive:
A chance to become the Champion Taster of North America
Recognition of individual tasting skill
Knowledge of areas for improvement related to tasting
An opportunity to achieve Savante or Associate Savante status
Achievement Certificates will be presented to those achieving scores at each level
Inclusion in the online Savantes International Register of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasters
Tasters are ranked based on overall score
Download complete rules, a sample skills test and FAQs here.