Journalist and food and wine industry expert, Carola Dummer Medina fell in love with olive oil 15 years ago, when olive oil production in Chile was just in embryonic development.
In 2007, Carola began a four-year training in olive oil sensory assessment with the Italian professor Marino Giorgetti.
After successfully completing her training, Carola took part in the judging panel of two different versions of the international contest Sol D ́Oro (2011 and 2013), and at every New York International Olive Oil Competition (NYIOOC), since 2013 and continues to do so. In 2016 and 2019 Carola served as Panel Leader for the NYIOOC judging team.
In 2013, Carola co-founded Panel Cata Chile, to organise in Santiago (2014) the first version of Sol D ́Oro Southern Hemisphere Competition, which is still being held every year in different countries in the southern part of the world.
Since 2016, Carola is part of the Olive Oil Sommelier Certification body as one of the instructors, focusing on the Southern Hemisphere cultivars and identification of defects.
Carola also works as a consultant with different companies and buyers, and develops activities and tastings to extend the knowledge and consumption of EVOO in Chile, through her online Instagram community @olivalovers
As a journalist, Carola writes about olive oil in different sites for further information about Carola please visit her blog www.olivalovers.com