Wisconsin Cheese Artisans Shine At World Cheese Awards
Wisconsin cheese artisans grabbed 25% of all awards presented at the World Cheese Awards in Trondheim, Norway, in October, with Marieke Gouda of Thorp, Wis., earning the most awards of any United States competitor.
Detailed Insight Into The Global Cheese Judging Process
The global event brings together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers and food commentators worldwide to judge more than 4,000 cheeses from over 40 countries. Cheeses are sent from around the world to be judged by teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers.
Wisconsin’s Cheese Heritage And International Appeal
“More than 180 years ago, our ancestors chose Wisconsin because the terroir reminded them of the homes they’d left behind in Northern Europe, allowing for the tradition of expert farming and cheesemaking to grow and flourish,” says Suzanne Fanning, chief marking officer of Wisconsin Cheese and Senior Vice President of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin. “Wisconsin continues to call to national and international artisans alike, and we are so very proud of the rich, flavorful award-winning cheeses that are produced here.”
Marieke Gouda’s Award-Winning Journey
Marieke Gouda of Thorp, Wisconsin, brought home the most awards of any domestic cheesemaker, with 12 ranking goudas. Marieke Penterman was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she grew up on her parents’ 60-cow dairy farm. This is where her passion for dairy cows and dairy farming began. Once in the United States, she missed the cheese from back home and began researching how to start her own business and earned her Wisconsin Cheesemaking License. She worked with a local cheesemaker and traveled back to her home country, where she trained alongside two different cheesemakers to make authentic Dutch Gouda cheese.
Additional Acclaimed Wisconsin Cheese Artisans
Other winning Wisconsin Cheese producers are:
- The Artisan Cheese Exchange
- Sartori Co.
- Schuman Cheese
- Carr Valley Cheese Co.
- Widmer’s Cheese Cellars
- Hoard’s Dairyman Farm Creamery
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Source: Dairy Foods