U. S. Championship Cheese Contest 2013 - Northwest Winners

Results have just been announced for the U. S. Cheese Championships, held semi-annually in Wisconsin. After scrolling through the list, I'd have to say that the story in this year's competition is the performance of Wisconsin cheesemakers, who took the Championship by storm, including the coveted Best in Show prize. Northwest cheesemakers did not show as well as they have in previous years (see, for example, the 2009 results, where Oregon's Tumalo Farms took runner up to Best in Show) though results depend in part on who enters from year to year. Best in Show

Holland's Family Cheese Thorp, Wisconsin Mature Gouda

**** You can find a complete list of results here. Thanks to the organizers for making the results a little more user friendly this year!

Tillamook County Creamery Association (Oregon)

Cheddar, Sharp (aged 6 mo to one year) 1st place – Yellow Sharp Cheddar

Cheddar, Aged 2 yrs or longer White Aged Cheddar (placed 1st and 2nd)

Marbled Curd Cheese 1st place – Colby Jack

Pepper Flavored Jack 3rd Place – Jalapeno Pepper Jack

Rogue Creamery (Oregon)

Smoked Soft and Semi Soft Cheeses 3rd place – Smokey Blue

Soft & Semi-Soft Mixed Milk Cheeses 1st place – Echo Mountain Blue

Glanbia Cheese Co. (Idaho) note: Glanbia is an industrial cheese plant located in Gooding, Idaho

Bandaged Cheddar, Mild to Medium 1st Place - Bandaged Cheddar

Monterey Jack 1st Place - Monterey Jack

Marbled Curd Cheese 2nd Place - Colby/Jack

Gouda, Flavored 3rd Place - Gouda, Olives and Garlic

Pepper Flavored Cheese 3rd Place - Red Habanero Gouda

Reduced Fat Hard Cheeses 1st Place - Reduced Fat Cheddar

Reduced Sodium Cheese 2nd place - Reduced Sodium Cheddar

The following regional artisans also placed in the top 10 in their class: Briar Rose Creamery (OR)  6th Place - Soft Goat's Milk Cheese (fresh chevre) and 5th Place - Semi-Soft Goat Cheese (feta); Jacobs Creamery (WA)  9th Place  Brie, Camembert and Other Surface Ripened Cheeses (Bloomy)

2011 United States Cheese Championships - Northwest Winners

And results are in for the 2011 United States Cheese Championships...held every other year (opposite the World Cheese Championships) in Wisconsin, this is a big deal to those in the cheese world because it's a chance to be judged by experts against your peers. In addition to the Northwest entrants, many familiar names took awards including Cypress Grove Chevre and Jasper Hill Farm, which won in the category of Smear Ripened Soft Cheeses (that's 'washed rind' to you and me) for its fantastic Winnimere. Congratulations to all of the winners!

To see the complete results, click here (then click through each category).

Monterey Jack

    Best of Class & 2nd Place - Tillamook (Boardman Plant)

Marbled Curd (Colby Jack)

    Best of Class & 2nd Place - Tillamook  (Boardman Plant)

Blue Veined/ Exterior Molding

    2nd Place - Rogue Creamery Flora Nelle

Pepper Flavored American Style Cheese (Cheddar, Colby, Jack)

    3rd Place - Tillamook  (Boardman Plant)

Hard Goat's Milk Cheeses

    3rd Place - Rivers Edge Chévre Astraea

Soft & Semi-Soft Mixed Milk Cheeses

    2nd Place - Rogue Creamery Echo Mountain Blue


*** Bonus: See the 2009 Northwest results here.