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
“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