Innovations in Chocolate Cuisine

A Food and Beverage Challenge


The Cocoa Research Centre invites members of the public to take part in "Innovations in Chocolate Cuisine: A food and beverage challenge" which forms an integral part of our World Cocoa and Chocolate Day festivities held this year on October 6-7th, 2017. We are challenging residents to create innovative food, beverages or desserts using local cocoa/chocolate, and other ingredients preferably, sourced locally to present for judging on October 7th, 2017. Please visit our Facebook page to view photos of previous contest years - see links below - and learn more about the contest.

Venue: JFK Auditorium, The UWI

Guidelines for this year's competition are listed below.

Registration dates

Early bird registration deadline is August 1st, 2017.
Pre-registration is free for participants who confirm their entries by August 1st, 2017 and submit recipes/ingredient lists.

Registration after August 1st will require a registration fee of $100 per participant or team.

A late registration fee of $50 (total cost $150) will be added to the registration cost for persons registering after 4:00pm on August 14th, 2017. Registration will be closed on September 1st, 2017 at 4:00pm.


  1. The contest is open to all persons residing in Trinidad and Tobago.
  2. Judging will take place in three categories – Savoury, Sweet and Drinks.
  3. Local chocolate or cocoa must be an important ingredient in and contributor to the flavour of your creation. Consider using the Trinidad and Tobago Fine Cocoa Factory as a source for your entries.
  4. Your creation must be original, innovative and should not have been entered in any other previous competition, or entered in previous IICC contests.
  5. Contestants may enter in more than one category but must only enter one item in each category. This also applies for preliminary judging of entries.
  6. Entry forms will be available online only. A downloadable pdf version for printing is available upon request.
  7. Persons desirous of competing must submit an entry form by the deadline of September 1st, 2017. Late registration fee is applicable after August 14th, 2017.
  8. Confirmed finalists must present three plates/portions/servings of each entry/innovation for tasting by the three judges, one for each judge, e.g. if entering in the Savoury category, three separate plates of the savoury item must be presented for judging, one plate per judge.
  9. If there are more than five entrants in a category, contestants will be asked to submit a description of their entries to be evaluated in a prejudging of that category by CRC staff on September 1st. Entrants will be contacted using the information on their Entry form.
  10. Five finalists in each category will be chosen to face off on October 7th 2017.
  11. Judging will be on taste (35%), originality (35%) presentation (10%) and marketability (20%) as scored based on responses to questions submitted before the finals. CRC reserves the right to change these criteria.
  12. Finalists are required to be at the judging table, at least 30 minutes before judging of their category begins. CRC reserves the right to disqualify contestants if they do not show up on time.
  13. Judging will begin at 9:30 am with the Savoury category. Sweet and Drinks categories will follow respectively, however please bear in mind there may be delays based on the judging times.
  14. Entrants may sell their products at the exhibition but are required to give CRC advance notice and register as an exhibitor (confirmed with payment of the cover charge of $200 per day (or $350 for both Friday and Saturday) by September 5th, 2017. This fee will allow for sales to be conducted at the IICC entrants table at the end of the judging.
  15. Entrants who wish to sell their food must possess a valid food badge if they are selling unsealed food.
  16. Payment to CRC is required in advance by September 5th, 2017 for registration or sales.
  17. Please note that any requirement for food preparation on site must be approved by CRC in advance. We prefer all creations be brought ready for tasting or vending at the exhibition unless previously approved by the IICC committee before September 20th, 2017. Entrants will be allowed to plate their creations on site however. All on-site cooking stations must be equipped with a fire extinguisher.
  18. A sink will be provided just outside JFK Auditorium for entrants who need it. Entrants must provide their own cutlery or plates for the contest. Any entrants needing help with provision of such must notify CRC by September 5th, 2017 so that we can try to help source items for use.
  19. Registration is free for those who pre-register by August 1st. All pre-registered participants who show up on the finals will be entered in a random draw to win a voucher for 50% discount off the fee for CRC's popular Introductory Chocolate Making course.
  20. Persons whom CRC is unable to contact for pre-judging based on the information given in their online form will be disqualified and unable to participate in the finals. Please double-check the information your provide and ensure you are able to check your e-mail account and/or are reachable at the telephone number given.

Click to fill out the Online Entry Form

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