The largest cheese competition in WCMA history
finishes with a flurry of activity.
judges at the 2005 United States Championship Cheese Contest —
sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association
(WCMA) — the best cheese in America is a classic emmentaler made by
Randy Krahenbuhl of Indiana’s Fair Oaks Dairy Products.
Krahenbuhl’s Swiss-style entry was named the U.S. champion out of
more than a thousand products entered in largest cheese competition ever
held in the United States.
First runner-up was an aged raclette made by John Hoyt
of Leelanau Cheese, Suttons Bay, Mich., and second runner-up was Cocoa
Cardona, a semi-soft goat’s milk cheese rubbed with cocoa made by Sid
Cook of Carr Valley Cheese, La Valle, Wis.
Contest judges — a team of 14 experts recruited
from around the country — evaluated the 1,008 cheeses in 42 classes,
determining gold, silver and bronze medalists in each class. All gold-medal
winners were then re-evaluated in a final judging round to determine the
United States Champion and two runners-up. Of the 42 gold medal-winning
cheeses that made it to the final round, 16 were from Wisconsin. The next
closest states were New York and California, with five gold medal cheeses
each in the final round.
Source: WCMA Dairy Facts and PR Newswire.