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Takács László

Professional Chair  2019-

Pálinka judge 2014-2018

Pálinka judge, lecturer and organizer of sensory trainings. The competiton director, chief organizer of the Quintessence (fomally ongai) Pálinka Competition. In the last few years he has named twice the best contract distiller, the best contract distilled Pálinka producer.

Adamik Anikó

Pálinka Judge 2019-

Food engineer, pálinka judge. Maker of several award-winning pálinkas. Expert on food research and fruit-growing.

Szöllősi Edit

Pálinka judge 2016-

Pálinka master engineer, the first Hungarian consultant on pálinka and tourism. Pálinka judge. University lecturer, professional in pálinka tourism and pálinka culture PR.

Dúl Udó Endre

Pálinka judge 2015-

Food engineer, pálinka master engineer, pálinka judge. Sensory analyst, member of several research topics about pálinka and spirits.

Csendes Zsolt

Pálinka judge 2015-

Pálinka master, distillate master of the Henriette Brandy, wine and pálinka judge, avid researcher of the ageing technology.

Gulyás Csaba

Pálinka judge 2015-2019

WSET educator, specialized inspirits, writer, consultant, ambassador of several global spirit brands.

Kielmayer Kristian

Pálinka judge 2014-2016, 2019-

Professional Chair 2017- 2018.

Economist, certified winemaker, WSET diploma holder in wine and spirits. Member of the Hungarian National Wine Expert Committee (OBB), lecturer of Hungarian and international schools.

Nyilasi Béla

Pálinka judge 2015-2019

Employee of the Mámor Pálinka House. In the last few years one of the most successful pálinka distillate master, cocreator many grand prix contract distilled pálinka.

Pucsok Sándor

Pálinka judge 2015-

Master distiller of the Tiszadada Pálika Distillery, producer of several award-winning contract distilled spirits.

Pavlicsek Csaba

Pálinka judge 2015-

Pálinka master, pálinka judge, expert in hospitality, cook, lecturer, devoted to the aroma research and dedicated to the pálinka gastronomy, four time national master distiller champion.

Pataki Attila

Pálinka judge 2015-

Managing director and distillate master of the Pálinkapatak Ltd. Owner of the most succesful contract of distillers in the Transdanubia area.

A Panyik Gáborné dr.

Professional Chair 2014-2017

1951-2017

From the start of the National Pálinka of Excellence Program, from 2014 a number of experts have contributed to the successful implementation, yet one of them stood out with her professional knowledge and human quality: Gáborné Panyik dr. In 2017 she could not help our work.

She claimed her doctor title by the chemical and biochemical research of the effect of flor in the so called sherry (fino) process. From 1994 she has been working mainly with spirits and fruit-based spirits and started to teach on the field of drink’s technology. She became well-known as a theoretical and practical expert to the pálinka producers domestically and also internationally.
She started to work with pálinka, when it hasn’t been called pálinka yet. Her determination, sense of purpose and sacrificial work played a key role that the „cheap” drinks got pushed back and the Hungarian pálinka took its worthy place. Nothing proves better the fact, that the love of pálinka isn’t originated from her childhood, than an interview, she did few years back, which highlights her first experiences: „I still remember, when my grandfather always brought the home-made pálinka before Sunday´s lunch, and I as a child almost fell down from the chair just from the smell. The scent of the mixed fruit pálinka – for some people rather an ugly smell – I got to know forever.
I avoided pálinka for quite some time, but then I tasted quince pálinka, from that point forward we started to become friends.” She took an important professional role in preparing the protection of origin of pálinka.
From 2004 she was the president of the Pálinka Guild Association and also member of the Pálinka National Council and the Szatmár-Bereg Plum Pálinka Order from the beginning. From 2004 she was the professional leader of the HunDeszt Pálinka Competition.

The books written on pálinka are considered as work of standart in the trade. From 2010 she participated in numerous important researches, mattering pálinka, for instance the protected origin of pálinka and studied aromas related to the origin of pálinka. Her name is closely attached to working on the training theme of domestic pálinka judges.

There is not one pálinka expert in Hungary, who would not know her name and/or her work, as she played a crucial role in the pálinka master university degree, which faculty she also led.

Domján Zsuzsanna

Project Coordinator 2014- 

Head of the Preparation and Implementation Committee. Horticultural engineer, a specialist who also loves pálinka. Since the start of the Program, he has been managing the professional background of the implementation in the Ministry.

Pálinka judges and assistant experts 2014

Pálinka Judges: Panyik Gáborné dr., Főfai Krisztina, Béli Géza, Gervai János,  Gulyás Csaba, Kielmayer Kristian, Kovács András, Máthé Gábor, Takács László, Soós Kálmán

Participants in professional coordination: Petzold Attila, Domján Zsuzsanna

Pálinka Judges and assistant experts 2015

Pálinka Judges: Panyik Gáborné dr., Dúl Udó Endre, Gervai János, Gulyás Csaba, Dr, Gyenesei István, Kovács András, Máthé Gábor, Soós Kálmán, Takács László

Participants in professional coordination: Domján Zsuzsanna, Szöllősi Edit.

 

Pálinka Judges and assistant experts 2016

Pálinka Judges: Panyik Gáborné dr., Dúl Udó Endre, Csendes Zsolt, Gulyás Csaba, Kovács András, Nyilasi Béla, Takács László, Pataki Attila,Szöllősi Edit

Participants in professional coordination: Domján Zsuzsanna.

Pálinka Judges and assistant experts 2017

Pálinkajudges: Kielmayer Kristian,   Szöllősi Edit, Csendes Zsolt, Dúl Udó Endre, Gulyás Csaba, Kovács András, Nyilasi Béla, Pataki Attila, Pavlicsek Csaba, Pucsok Sándor, Takács László

Participants in professional coordination: Domján Zsuzsanna, Dr. Berki Zolna, Schmidt Eszter

Pálinka judges and assistant experts 2018

Pálinka Judges: Csendes Zsolt, Dúl Udó Endre, Gulyás Csaba, Kovács András, Nyilasi Béla, Pataki Attila, Pavlicsek Csaba, Pucsok Sándor, Szöllősi Edit, Takács László,

Participants in professional coordination: Domján Zsuzsanna, Schmidt Eszter, Árkossy Krisztina, Kocsis Tibor, Kovács Anna, Dr. Zsigmond Attila, Soós Kálmán, Mihályi László.

Pálinka judges and assistant experts 2019

Pálinka Judges: Adamik Anikó, Csendes Zsolt, Dúl Udó Endre, Gulyás Csaba, Kielmayer Kristian, Nyilasi Béla, Pataki Attila, Pavlicsek Csaba, Pucsok Sándor, Szöllősi Edit,

Participants in professional coordination: Domján Zsuzsanna, Schmidt Eszter, Dr. Zsigmond Attila.