Gold Hill Wins at World Cheese Awards
Gold Hill from Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy was named the Best American Cheese at the 30th annual World Cheese Awards in London.
The World Cheese Awards were part of this year’s Taste of London Festive Edition and included more than 3,000 entries from 35 countries. The final Super Jury named Cornish Kern, an alpine-style cheese made by the United Kingdom’s Lynher Dairies Cheese Companies as the World Champion Cheese 2017.
The United States made an impressive showing at the competition this year, winning a total of eight Super Gold, 16 Gold, 28 Silver and 48 Bronze awards. Among the winners were Super Gold winning Cremont made by Vermont Creamery, a Super Gold winning Little Hosmer from Cellars at Jasper Hill and a Gold winning Organic Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery.
The cheeses were assessed by a panel of 230 judges from 29 countries. The top 16 cheeses were then put up for the International Super Jury debate. Made up of top names from the global curd community, featuring cheese makers, buyers, retailers and writers, including Cathy Strange, global executive coordinator for Whole Foods Market in the USA, Roland Barthélemy, President of Guilde des Fromagers in France, Norwegian cheesemonger Siri Helen Hansen-Barry, Claudia Bowman from McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemonger in Australia and Mary Quicke from Quicke's in the UK, the final panel made their cases for their chosen cheeses live on World Cheese TV, before crowning this year’s World Champion Cheese.