At the 19th Biennial U.S. Championship Cheese Contest at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay last week, Wisconsin stump-broke the rest of U.S cheese-making states with the grand champion as well as first and second place cheese-makers hailing from the Badger state.
There were a record 2,303 cheese, yogurt and butter entries in 101 categories.
Wisconsin won 58 gold medals during the shootout.
Master cheesemaker Mike Matucheski authored the best cheese in the entire competition and was crowned Grand Champion.
2017 Grand Champion
Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
Champion Round Score: 99.018
2017 First Runner Up U.S. Cheese Championships
Champion Round Score: 98.813
2017 Second Runner Up U.S. Cheese Championships
Marieke Gouda Team
Marieke Gouda Belegen
Champion Round Score: 98.593
Beginning in 1981, cheesemakers from Wisconsin have had the top cheese at the U.S. Championship 14 times in 19 competitions (the championship is decided every other year)
50 judges from 18 states considered the following as they winnowed down their favorites: flavor, body and texture, salt, color, finish and packaging.
Gawd to have been one of those lucky souls.
About the champ: Sartori Cheese is a fourth-generation, mom and pop cheese company founded by Paolo Sartori and Louis Rossini in 1939 in Plymouth as S&R Cheese Corp