The panel consists of judges with many years of experience in the organoleptic assessment of olive oil, judges accredited by the International Olive Council (IOC) or by other international or national bodies.

María Eugenia Fernández


María Eugenia Fernández is a chemical engineer from Argentina and a permanent resident of Madrid, Spain. She first came to Europe on a study scholarship from German organization DAAD to study a semester the University in Esslingen and then did an internship at BASF working at their headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Upon her return to Argentina she joined several multinational companies such as Techint Group as a process engineer and Dow Chemical as a technical service and development engineer.

After working for those companies in Buenos Aires she decided to go back to her hometown Córdoba and become an entrepreneur. She started her own small business in olive oil called “PrimaPrensa” where she found her true passion, gaining experience in sales, marketing and client relations. She branched out in the olive oil industry as plant manager at the main company in Uruguay, Nuevo Manantial and she also worked for Solfrut Argentina as quality manager. She assisted many companies in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile as an external consultant gaining in the process a sponsorship to follow the olive oil tasting programme at the University of Jaén. Soon thereafter she decided to make Spain her permanent home and olive oil her life’s work.

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