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Best Cheeses 2021: Celebrating Excellence in Uncertain Times


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It has been another uneven year for national and international cheese competitions. While some, such as the American Cheese Society Competition, were cancelled, others did go forward, and one new contest, the New York International Cheese Competition, made its debut. Still others are scheduled to take place after this issue goes to press, including the World Cheese Awards in early November in Oviedo, Spain, where culture editor-in-chief Susan Sherrill Axelrod will be among the judges.

Congratulations to the winners, and kudos to all the cheesemakers who continue to strive for excellence every day in this demanding and difficult industry!


SOFI AWARDS

Specialty Food Association | May 2021

Cow’s Milk Cheese:

Non Cow’s Milk/Mixed Milk Cheese:

Other Dairy:


GOOD FOOD AWARDS

Good Food Foundation | January 2021

North:

South:

East:

West:

  • Mt. Tam | Cowgirl Creamery | Petaluma, CA
  • Creamy Brie | Laura Chenel | Sonoma, CA
  • Atika | Tomales Farmstead Creamery | Petaluma, CA

Central:


NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHEESE COMPETITION

International Beverage Competitions Group | July 2021

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Alpine Washed-Rind Aged Less Than 12 Months, Cow’s Milk

Aged Cheese, Flavored

Young Gouda, Cow’s Milk

Soft-Ripened Bloomy-Rind, Cow’s Milk


INDIVIDUAL AWARDS, USA

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