Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes
Welcome to Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes. Established in 2001, International Savantes provides participants with the opportunity to develop expand their tasting skills, knowledge and experience. The programme presents training courses, events and promotes excellence in extra virgin olive oil, with participants from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America.
The first Savantes programme was presented in Melbourne, Australia, in 2001 by International Olive Oil Expert and Author Judy Ridgway. Courses have since been presented in New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Italy, USA and the United Kingdom by a range of international oil and culinary experts that includes Roberto Zecca, Justo del Amo, Xavier Codina, Linda Costa, Simon Field, Gerardo Jiménez Luque and Jean-Bernard Chomarat.Read more...
Savantes New York 2014
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes - New York, USA
February 26 - 28, 2014
Following Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes tasting programmes held in New York in 2012, February 2013 and August 2013, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes returns to New York bringing extra virgin olive oils judged to be the best in the world for tasting from February 26, 2014.
Founded in 2001, Savantes is an independent organisation which promotes excellence in the evaluation of extra virgin olive oils and their culinary use. The three-day programme highlights the unique tastes of olive oils from all regions around the world. Sessions also discuss the current market conditions and health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
Increasingly olive oil trading enterprises and associations are providing scholarships to the Savantes programme to educate their customers and the food media to understand, purchase and promote high quality extra virgin olive oil. The same trading enterprises are encouraging their employees to achieve Associate Savante or Savante status as a demonstration of due diligence in quality control and defence against adverse reports and publicity from product testing agencies and predatory testing campaigns.Read more...
The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes tasting programme was established in Melbourne in 2001, and since then has been run locations including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy. In 2013 Savantes will be presented in Seville, London and the East Coast of the USA.
Below are some of the comments made by Savantes Participants:
‘It was a fantastic few days. We tasted international oils we would never normally have the chance to experience, tasted and blended our own oils, and, importantly we met other olive oil enthusiasts and learned more about their thoughts and opinions’.
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
New York (August 2013)
Thank you again for hosting such a wonderful program!
New York, USA
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and took away so much more than I had even anticipated. From my perspective, the most difficult part of the class was identifying oils from different regions. I had absolutely no knowledge of oils from other areas prior to the course, so this was an entirely new area for me.
New York, USA
I just want to thank you very much for your absolutely, excellent class I had the pleasure of attending. Your talks were interesting and very informative. I learned so much about olive oil in the last 3 days that will definitely be extremely helpful in my business venture. I truly enjoyed each class. From the first class where I could barely decipher what was in the little cups by aroma to the last day where I was beginning to identify some tastes and aromas in the olive oils- that was very gratifying.
New York, USA
Thanks again for your excellent program this past week. I know I learned so much because I went over the whole course (in a nutshell) with my wife Saturday morning. So thank you. And I look forward to when I can take your course again and score much higher on my test.
New York, USA
‘I just learnt so much fascinating stuff it was really a worthwhile experience’.
Savantes 2013 - Oils Tasted (New York, Aug)
The Savantes tasting programmes held in New York in August 2013 featured a fantastic range of extra virgin olive oils from around the world.
We would like to sincerly thank the distributors, producers and retailers who contributed oils for the programme, helping to ensure that the Savantes programme continues to deliver a wide range of oils for participants to taste.Read more...
QvExtra Award for Savantes
The International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes programme has been recognised by leaders of the Spanish industry at a ceremony in Cordoba.
During the International Congress 'Building Bridges', instigated by QvExtra, the founder and presenter of Savantes, Simon Field was presented with a diploma in recognition of his work in the promotion of excellent extra virgin olive oil worldwide through the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes programme . He was the only person outside the Spanish industry to receive such recognition at the Congress.
New Associate Savantes: Gerald Jones and Sue Witeof
Two participants in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes tasting programme held in New York last month achieved Associate Savantes status. Associate Savantes Status recognises personal tasting ability and knowledge (participants undergo a series of tests during the programme and must score 60% to become an Associate).
Gerald has worked for Sovena USA, a part of Sovena Group, for the past three years in the quality department under the direction of Dr. Gabriel Estevez. For the past year has been the Food Defense Manager, in which Gerald oversees the in-house laboratory, oil blending, and assists in the procurement of olive oils.
Sue Witeof is currently the Research & Development Lead for Foodservice Oils at Cargill Dressings, Sauces & Oils, a business unit within Cargill Incorporated. Sue’s food industry experience includes positions in quality assurance, product development and technical service. Sue holds degrees in Biology and Art from Capital University and a Master’s Degree in Food Science from Kansas State University. She currently resides in Tipp City, Ohio but will be relocating to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cargill’s World Headquarters in 2014.