Rogue Creamery in Central Point, Ore., was named Best of Show for its Rogue River Blue at the 25th annual American Cheese Society Judging and Competition. The competition took place at the Hilton Austin last Friday.
Other top winners from the awards ceremony include second place winner Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk. Third place was a tie between Carr Valley Cheese’s Cave Aged Mellage and Consider Bardwell Farm’s Rupert. The competition’s expert judges, drawn from academia and industry, select Best of Show and second and third place from among the blue-ribbon winners.
Texas cheeses, as well as yogurt cheese and drinkable yogurt, were among the prize-winners, taking home 10 awards. Some 314 ribbons were awarded in all. Wisconsin took the most ribbons with 92, while California came in second with 45. Vermont cheesemakers took home 32 ribbons. This year’s competition had a record turnout, with 1,327 entries from 197 companies.
“2009 certainly has to be one of ACS’s most important judging and competitions,” said David Grotenstein, chairman, judging and competition. “American cheese remains a fast-growing segment of specialty foods, an industry feeling more of a squeeze than a pinch from the suddenly tougher economic times. Facing that, our cheesemaker members have turned out in bigger numbers than ever,” he said.
For complete list of awards, go to www.cheesesociety.org.
The Texas winners were:
- Pure Luck Grade A Goat Dairy: 1st place for Hopelessly Bleu; 1st place for Basket Molded Chevre; 3rd place for Goat Milk Feta.
- Mozzarella Company: 1st place for Queso Oaxaca and 2nd place for Queso Blanco with Chilies and Epazote.
- Moo Cheese L.P dba Lucky Layla: 2nd place for Boyaca (Hispanic and Portuguese cheeses); 2nd place, Yogurt Cheese; 1st place Natural Plain Drinkable Yogurt; 2nd place Tropical Passion Fruit Drinkable Yogurt.
- Latte Da Dairy, 1st place for Latte Da Sheep Milk Feta with Kalamata Olives.