Bakers Journal

George Brown presents olive oil tasting seminars with noted sommelier

October 27, 2021
By Bakers Journal

Toronto – George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is presenting two more sessions of its olive oil tasting seminars Nov. 18 and Jan. 15.

Olive oil sommelier Emily Lycopolus will guide students through a professional olive oil tasting using cobalt-blue tasting glasses certified by the International Olive Council.

Lycopolus, who is a level-two olive oil sommelier and author of six cookbooks focused on olive oil, will teach students how to read a label on a bottle of olive oil, share tips on tasting the differences between one olive oil and another, and how best to use each one.

Learn to identify the difference between fresh olive oil and rancid or defective oils, taste the difference between varietals, countries and the subtleties of terroir. Hear producer stories and farmer experiences. You will learn how to read bottles and product labels effectively, discover fun and unique ways to incorporate olive oil into everyday life and feel confident in your purchasing decisions.


Since being introduced to olive oil at a grove owned by her husband’s family, Lycopolus has dedicated her life to the ingredient. She is a recipe developer and the founder of The Olive Oil Critic. Based in Victoria, B.C., Lycopolus judges international olive oil competitions, hosts private workshops and cooking classes, leads guided tastings, and educates retail and culinary professionals alike about olive oil.

Online registration is $95 plus HST and Eventbrite ticketing fees.Event registration includes an olive oil tasting kit with one certified olive oil tasting glass and a selection of olive oils for one taster.

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