"With nearly four decades of perfumery under his belt, David Apel is one of the most recognizable stars of the industry. He won the American Society of Perfumers Young Perfumer Award in 1991, and since then, has consistently delivered on that early promise. As an American not growing up in Grasse, the cradle of the perfume industry, David was an outsider. Being an outsider gave David a sense of freedom and the drive to express himself breaking the tradition of the classic French perfumery."

2019 marks the first year of David Apel's participation as a judge in The Art and Olfaction Awards. He will serve as a finals judge, in the independent and artisan categories.