EVO IOOC 2019
Birsen Can Pehlivan
Birsen Can Pehlivan, Certified olive oil taster and international judge, MSc in olive oil chemistry and technology . Birsen holds MSc degree in Olive Oil Chemistry and Processing Technologies and BSc degree in Food Engineering. She has over 20 years of hands on experience in olive oil production in Turkey with focus on processing technologies. She currently manages the chemical and sensory testing laboratory of Turkey’s top olive oil exporter of 2017. An ONAOO Taster since 2005, Birsen co-instructed in numerous introductory as well as advanced level olive oil tasting trainings throughout Turkey, five of which were conducted in collaboration with ONAOO. Her experience in panels and competitions includes: Aydin Mercantile Exchange -IOC accredited- Tasting Panel/Turkey (Panel member, 2006-2009); Zeytindostu- The Turkish association of olive oil producers- Tasting Panel/Turkey (Panel member, 2006-2015, panel leader 2016-2017); Zeytindostu Extra Virgin Olive Oil Quality Competition/Turkey (Judge, 2009-2017); TerraOlivo/Israel (Judge from 2017); EVO IOOC/Italy (Judge from 2018). Her tasting expertise also spans to wine and she served as judge in Terravino/Israel in 2017. Birsen is a well-networked and trusted figure among Turkish boutique olive oil producers, and is currently supervising the ongoing training and establishment of an independent tasting panel in Istanbul constituted by ONAOO certified olive oil professionals and enthusiasts.