Director of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) in Cabra (Córdoba) that belongs to the Andalusian Ministry of Agriculture. PhD in Pharmacy. Expert taster and instructor. Member of the jury at various national and international competitions for quality in extra virgin olive oil.
Expert taster and creator of the prestigious international ranking “World’s Best Olive Oils” (WBOO), a nonprofit organization whose goal is to establish the ranking of the best extra virgin olive oils in the world by calculating the outcome of the major international competitions.
Principal researcher and Head of the Tasting Panel of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) of Jaen. Agronomist and PhD in Chemical Engineering. International consultant and expert taster. Professor in various national and international organisms. Founding partner and Counselor of IADA Ingenieros Consultores.
Tasting Panel Leader at the Instituto de la Grasa, in Seville. R&D&I specialist at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Doctor in Chemistry and jury member of several national and international competitions.
PhD in Chemistry from the University of Seville. Research scientist at the Instituto de la Grasa, that belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, in its Spanish acronym). Teaching professor at international courses organized by the International Olive Council (IOC) in different countries of the Mediterranean coast.
President of the Association of Producers in Integrated Crop Protection of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. Expert taster and jury member of several national and international awards.
Mª ÁNGELES CALVO
With a Degree in Veterinary, she is chief taster at the Catalonia Tasting Panel. Member of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture’s Tasting Panel, as well as IOC’s Tasting Panel.
JOSÉ ANTONIO TORRES
Chemist and olive oil expert with experience as an export agent. Official olive oil taster for the PDO Priego de Córdoba Tasting Panel. He has also worked as a Technical Manager in different oil mills, in which he has played an active role in the production and selection of extra virgin olive oils.
Olive oil consultant and Chief Panelist at the Israeli Olive Oil Tasting Panel (recognized by the IOC), is a jury member at important international competitions such as Biopress, Ovibeja, Athena International Olive Oil Competition and Der Feinschmecker.
International expert and consultant in olive oils. Organizer of tasting courses and training in Tokyo. Experienced taster participating in various international competitions.
Director of the Montes de Toledo PDO Regulatory Council Foundation. Agronomist and expert taster. Jury member of various quality competitions.
Chief wine and olive oil taster. Editor of Elaion 2014. Professor of College of Hospitality Gastronomy Studies for olive oil and wine. Jury member of important national and international wine and olive oil competitions.
Mª EUGENIA FERNÁNDEZ
With Chemical Engineering and Expert in Olive Oil Tasting degrees from the University of Jaén, she is an olive oil production consultant in Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Peru, and has participated as member of the Tasting Panel at the University of Montevideo. She currently teaches tasting courses in her hometown.
Director at Aceite del Bajo Aragón PDO Regulatory Council. Veterinary graduate and expert taster. Jury member of various national and international competitions.
MARÍA JOSÉ MOYANO
R&D&I specialist at the Instituto de la Grasa of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Seville. Expert taster and member of various quality contests.
Doctor in veterinary and head of the Olive Oil Tasting Panel at Córdoba’s Food and Agriculture Arbitration Laboratory. Expert taster and jury member at various national and international EVOO competitions.
With a degree in Economic Sciences from the University of Castile-La Mancha, this olive oil consultant from Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) is a renowned EVOO taster, recognized by the UJA (University of Jaén), who has collaborated with various Michelin-star chefs. Furthermore, she has organized numerous events, presentations, conferences and workshops on olive oil for important companies and institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes in Bremen.
Mª PAZ AGUILERA
Degree in Science (Biology) by the University of Granada and Doctor in Chemistry by the University of Jaén. Expert in research on virgin olive oil. Technical specialist at IFAPA Venta del Llano Center.
Expert taster and olive oil sales representative specialist. Jury member of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (1995-2013) and Baena PDO tasting panels.
Mª ISABEL SIMÓN
Technical director at Oleocata Xauen, S.L. Entrepreneur and professor at the Escuela Municipal de Aceite de Oliva Virgen in Martos, she is vice-president of amc&retos AOVE (Provincial Association of Women Tasters of Jaén).
PhD in Biological and Environmental Sciences, she is an official of the Andalusian Government, Technical Adviser of the Area of Oils and Fats, Head of the Agroalimentary Laboratory of Córdoba and member of the tasting panel of different competitions to the quality of EVOO.
MERCEDES UCEDA DE LA MAZA
Graduated in Biology and Tasting Expert from the University of Jaén (UJA). Consultant and Director of Quality at IADA Consulting Engineers -a company specialized in the Virgin Olive Oil sector-, she regularly collaborates with UNIA and UJA in training and is a member of the jury of important international competitions.
ALFONSO J. FERNÁNDEZ
Olive oil taster from the fifth generation of a family of farmers, dedicated to the export of EVOO with more than 25 years of experience. During his career he has collaborated in a multitude of events around the world promoting Spanish olive oils and training in tasting and cooking as a collaborator of Olive Oils from Spain (Interprofessional of Spanish Olive Oil), ICEX, the European Commission, Extenda and the association QVExtra! International. In addition to being part of the FCCAA tasting panel, he selects high-quality oils for different projects and regularly intervenes in television programs, radio and press both nationally and internationally.
Environmental Studies degree from Connecticut College (U.S.A.). Expert virgin olive oil taster and founder of The Olive Oil Workshop, a company that promotes EVOO consumption through workshops, classes, export and publications.
Agricultural Engineer, Expert in Virgin Olive Oil Tasting by the University of Jaén, Olive Oil Production & Quality Assurance Consultant, Olive Oil Brands Developer, Olive Oil Gastronomy Educator to producers, culinary professionals, wholesalers, and consumers, Holistic Wellness Coach. She is the pioneer in alternative olive oil tourism in Greece and founder of Mykonos Olive Oil Tasting, an educational & consulting company based in Mykonos Island in Greece, delivering seminars & workshops on Olive Oil Tasting & its Gastronomy, Mediterranean Diet, Holistic Health, Beauty & Wellness in Mykonos, and abroad creating ambassadors of olive oil worldwide. She hosts the first Olive Oil Podcast in Greece and she serves as a member of the jury in various international olive oil competitions.
Jiwon Kwak, from Seoul (South Korea), is an expert olive oil taster based in Barcelona, Spain. Studied Advertising in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, her tireless interest in food culture living in Spain, led her to take a title of Expert in olive oil tasting at the University of Jaen in Spain collaborated with IOC. She has participated in various national and international EVOO competitions as a jury member. She also selects and introduces extra virgin olive oils for companies in South Korea and organises olive oil tasting and paring workshops focusing on discovering the joy of different extra virgin olive oils under her own project named Unos Segundos.
KAROLINA BRKIĆ BUBOLA
Research scientist in the field of olive oil quality, composition and production technology at the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč, Croatia. Head of the Olive Oil Tasting Panel of this Institute, official panel of the Republic Croatia and recognized by International Olive Council. PhD in Food Technology and expert degree in Olive Oil Tasting by the University of Jaén, she is a jury member of several national and international EVOO competitions.
Industrial informatic engineer, international consultant for olive oil compartment, olive oil taster and panel leader recognized by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. His extensive career in the olive sector includes important positions as quality assurance advisor and olive oil tasting teacher at CEQ-Italia; team leader in Ismea; international consultant for olive oil quality improvement in nord Africa for the FAO; olive oil tasting teacher in the Università degli Studi di Bari; responsible for supply chain traceability management systems in Oliveti d’Italia Consortium and the CNO; and responsible for supply chain traceability management systems in Italia Olivicola.
SALVADOR CUBERO GONZÁLEZ
With a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Extremadura and a Master’s in Olive-Growing and Olive Oil Production from the University of Córdoba, he is an expert taster and agri-foods project consultant. He has also participated as a jury member in various competitions such as the Diputación de Córdoba, Ecotrama or AEMO contests.
ELENA DIAZ MEJIAS
Agricultural Technical Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), official of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), head of the Sensory Analysis Department of the Agrifood Arbitration Laboratory, head of the EVO Tasting Panel of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and member of the jury of different contests to the quality of the EVOO.
JOSÉ Mª PENCO VALENZUELA
Agronomist and Manager of the Spanish Association of Olive Producing Municipalities (AEMO). Consultant at the International Olive Council (IOC). Taster and member of numerous national and international competitions on quality in olive oil.