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Judges 2024

ATHENA International Olive Oil Competition

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.

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Anita Zachou

Greece

Anita Zachou is an agricultural engineer, expert olive oil taster, olive oil quality assurance consultant, educator to culinary professionals, holistic wellness coach, writer, trainer, and host of the first olive oil podcast in Greece. She has a B.Sc. in agronomy form the University of the Peloponnese and gained her first certification in olive oil tasting in 2012. Later on she was granted a scholarship by the International Olive Council to attend University of Jaen’s olive oil tasting course which she completed successfully. Anita was director of education for various multinational companies for twenty years (including Global Training Manager for APIVITA Natural Cosmetics) before deciding to follow her calling: to move permanently to Mykonos, to teach, offer guidance and inspire people to live a healthier, happier and longer life by adopting the Mediterranean lifestyle and the consumption of high-quality extra virgin olive oil. She is therefore the founder of “Mykonos Olive Oil Tasting”, an educational and consulting company offering seminars and workshops on olive oil tasting and gastronomy, the Mediterranean Diet and holistic health and wellness. Her programs have been attended by hundreds of people, including food lovers, children and culinary professionals. She holds seminars and consults producers and olive oil mills in Greece and abroad regularly on how to produce quality EVOOs and establish high-end brands. She is a pioneer in Greece of alternative olive oil tourism and her ambition is to share her knowledge and experience on the value, quality, right choices and multiple health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet by creating ambassadors of these values in different parts of the world. She has judged in several international olive oil competitions and is member of the Italian Association of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO), the Spanish Olive Oil Gastronomy Academy, the FILAIOS Club of Olive Oil Friends, the Women In Olive Oil (WIOO) International Group, the International Coach Federation and the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization.

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