Manolis Fafoutakis is based in Ierapetra, Crete, and is the director of the department of olive oil for Chemicotechniki Laboratories. He is an analytical chemist with more than 36 years of experience in the quality control of olive oil and is himself an olive oil producer. During his long career Manolis has been in charge of several chemical testing laboratories specializing in olive oil. His current employer was the first in Greece to be accredited according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 for the determination of the chemical parameters specified in the European Regulation for Olive Oil and it is recognized by the International Olive Council.
He is a member of the tasting panel at Chemicotechniki and he also participates as a judge in the olive oil competition of Crete. His many years of experience and expertise in olive oil analysis and organoleptic assessment have established him as a valuable advisor to olive oil professionals.