Wisconsin cheeses win national awards

Freeman Staff

March 20, 2015

MILWAUKEE — While a Wisconsin-made product was not the top cheese at this week’s United States Championship Cheese Contest, the state made a good showing and won numerous awards.

Guggisberg Cheese from Millersburg, Ohio, was named the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese for its Swiss wheel. Out of a possible 100 points, the Swiss wheel scored 98.496 in the final round of judging, during which judges re-evaluated the top 16 cheeses.

First runner-up in the contest, with a score of 98.389, was a brick cheese made by John Pitman of Mill Creek Cheese in Arena and second runner-up was a medium cheddar made by the Kiel Production Team in Land O Lakes from Kiel, which scored 98.337.

“Every medalist should be extremely proud of being recognized as the best of the best in the largest national dairy competition ever held,” said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, which hosts the biennial competition.

Wisconsin took home the most gold medals, with 56 of the total 90 categories judged. New York came in second among the states, with seven golds. California had six gold medals, Vermont had five, Idaho had four, and Oregon had three. Wisconsin, New York and California captured the most medals in the debut yogurt classes, each winning two medals.

For more information on the contest, as well as complete results for all 90 entry classes, visit www.uschampioncheese.org