Edwards, who was a finalist in last summer’s invitational, earned top scores in the aroma test and all three food service rounds. This summer’s competition was held on June 24 in Queens, N.Y.
“The Cheesemonger Invitational is like American Gladiators but with cheese,” said Edwards in a press release. “Thx to all the mongers for making me feel like part of a family instantly.”
The biannual competition tests mongers on everything from salesmanship, to slicing and wrapping cheese, to pairings and food preparation.
Check out the photos below for Edwards’ winning food service plates.
This summer’s Cheesemonger Invitational finalists were Beth Hillig Falk of Mill City Cheesemongers in Lowell, Mass.; Kyra James of Formaggio Kitchen South End in Boston; Eric Schack of Eataly NYC Downtown; Rory Stamp of Dedalus Wine in Burlington, Vt.; and Shannon Voelkel of C’est Cheese in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Forty cheesemongers from nine states participated.
Congratulations to Edwards and the finalists!
Photo Credits: Ellen Cronin