Thursday, March 8, 2012

Dutch Cheese Takes Top Honors At World Cheese Championships

A Dutch cheese took home top honors at the recent World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison.

Vermeer, a reduced-fat Gouda-style cheese from FrieslandCampina in Steenderen, the Netherlands, described as having a "nice, smooth, clean flavor" (are we talking about cheese or cigarettes?), was declared the best of a record 2,504 entries by an international panel of cheesemongers.
Vermeer earned a score of 98.73 in the final round of judging the top 16 entries in the competition. The U.S. placed very well among the top 16, placing seven cheeses on the list (see below). 
Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisc.—a 122-mile drive from Chicago—was recognized for its Havarti and pepper Havarti. While Kraft Foods took home top honors in the sharp cheddar (aged six months to a year) category for its Cracker Barrel cheddar.
U.S. cheese makers earned gold medals in 55 of the total 82 categories judged; Wisconsin earned 30.

2012 Cheese Contest Top 16 Finalists


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