mead judging programme
MJP (Mead Judging Programme) is a pioneering European training programme preparing for professional mead judging. This programme had his inauguration during the II European Mead Makers Conference in 2019.
Main goal is to prepare and to train professional mead judges in Europe as well as to educate people about conscious and correct mead tasting. It’s intended for people who want to acquire the knowledge and skills about sensory tasting of meads. The judges are also trained in general knowledge of mead, and the detection of positive and correct aromas and flavours of mead, but also those defective or faulty. The persons who will complete the training will receive certificate and will get competences and qualifications allowing them to join the jury in mead competitions.
In the first years of programme existing, to gain a qualification, the potential judge will need to attend a training course and pass a practical exam. In the future, it will be necessary to also pass the online test.
Mead Judging Programme is a five-stage programme. Each level determines judge knowledge and experience. After being awarded the basic level, a judge can be promoted to a higher level, through gaining experience and judging a mead competitions.
This programme is a response to the demand for a professional and educated mead judges in Europe and the need for education about mead.