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The format of Savantes has evolved with the experience of participants. While retaining the guidance given to relatively inexperienced tasters, we have recognised that more experienced tasters are participating to experience the range of oils uniquely brought together and discuss the current market. The programme encourages discussion of information provided and full participation in taste and flavour description.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Savantes Presenter

Simon Field

Simon Field, organiser of Savantes, is a producer of organic olives and olive oil, table olive processor and olive oil trader. 

He is the author of the Olive Handbook, The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Taster’s Companion, The Table Olive Handbook, The Olive Oil Maker’s Handbook, and The Olive and Olive Oil Marketer’s Handbook. 

He travels extensively organising tasting and cooking programmes, and researching the production, sale and culinary uses of extra virgin olive oil

Simon Field’s experience and expertise were recently recognized by the leading Spanish quality association QvExtra!. The honour of the status of ‘Socio Colabarador’ was conferred in relation to his work in promoting high quality extra virgin olive oil through Savantes.

Simon has presented the programme in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Italy, United States of America, South Africa and Spain.

 Presenters from Previous Savantes Programs

Judy Ridgway

Judy Ridgway is the author of ‘The Best Olive Oil Buys Around the World’ and travels the world tasting and evaluating extra virgin olive oils. She is an author, broadcaster and journalist specialising in all aspects of taste and flavour. She is an international judge and expert on olive oil and an acknowledged authority on wine, cheese, vinegar, mustard, condiments and charcuterie. She has written more than 55 books on olive oil, food and wine and is a regular contributor to a variety of trade and consumer publications. She also appears on radio and television. She is a co-founder of Savantes. Visit Judy’s website at

Judy Ridgway has presented the programme in Australia, the United Kingdom and Spain

Gerardo Jiménez Luquehas
Gerardo Jiménez Luquehas 12 years experience in the field of olive oil covering all aspects from growing and producing to tasting. He is a respected state-appointed Master Taster in olive oil and has given training courses in many different countries.

He leads tasting panels and is an auditor for companies wanting to improve and optimise their production and quality of extra virgin olive oil.

Geraldo has presented the programme in Spain and Italy