American Cheese Society 2015: BEST OF SHOW

We have a winner! Last night, the American Cheese Society competition results were announced in Providence, RI at the annual conference (known this year as #ACSCheeseCamp). The big winner for 2015 Best of Show went to Glengarry Fine Cheese, of Ontario, Canada, with their Celtic Blue Reserve, a luscious, sweet blue with added buttercream. The cheesemakers are Wilma Klein-Swormink and Margaret Peters-Morris. This is the first time that the Best of Show ribbon has gone to a Canadian entrant in the 20 years of this event’s history. 

For many artisan cheesemakers, this was also a touching victory, as Margaret Peters-Morris is only fairly recently the owner of an active creamery, and has spent most of her career running the Glengarry Cheesemaking company, a supply and consulting company that is well-regarded and has assisted many a first-time creamery in getting off the ground (on more than one occasion, while visiting cheesemakers in the past, I’ve just happened to be there when Margaret was dropping in to help them out with one issue or another). 

Even past Best Of Show winner (and this year’s 3rd Place) Cellars at Jasper Hill made note of the fact that back when they were first starting out, Margaret was one of the consultants they went to for guidance. Now she’s making cheeses in her own right, and judging from these results, she knows what she’s doing! 

2nd Place was a tie, between Emmi Roth USA of Wisconsin for their Roth Private Reserve, an Alpine-style, raw cow’s milk cheese, made in copper vats and aged for a minimum of six months, and LaClare Farms Specialties, LLC of Wisconsin, for their Standard Market Cave Aged Chandoka, a mixed-milk goat and cow, “New Zealand Style” cheddar. For the latter, Standard Market of Chicago was actually the affineur of the cheese. This year, ACS has shifted the way they recognize the entries, in light of the fact that there are increasingly ones produced by a cheesemaker but then affinaged at another facility, as was the case with the LaClare. 

3rd Place went to the Cellars at Jasper Hill for their bloomy rind, bark-wrapped Harbison. As Matteo Kehler of Jasper Hill describes it, the Harbison was an experimental marriage of two of their cheeses, the Moses Sleeper and the spruce bark-wrapped Winnemere (winner of Best of Show in Madison, WI in 2013), which then grew into a unique cheese in it’s own right. 

Congratulations to the top winners, and to everyone else who ribboned at ACS this year! 355 Ribbons were given out, chosen from 1799 entries submitted by 267 producers from the US, Canada and Central America. 20 Teams of judges worked tirelessly for two days, often judging 50-60 cheeses a day. 

You can see the full results list here.

If you’re in Providence Saturday, August 1st, come to the Festival of Cheese, where you’ll be able to sample these Best of Show winners, and most of the other 1799 entries, in a massive, all-you-can-eat cheese, food and beverages event. This event is open to the public and begins at 6pm. 

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FOALS // what went down
Catfish and the Bottlemen // kathleen
The Strokes // take it or leave it
The Kooks // naive
Foster The People // best friend
Panic! At The Disco // girls/girls/boys
American Authors // best day of my life
Plain White T’s // hate ( i really don’t like you)
Thirty Seconds To Mars // the kill (bury me)
My Chemical Romance // “helena”
Green Day // stray heart
The All American Rejects // dirty little secret
The 1975 // heart out
Fall Out Boy // “the take over, the breaks over”
The Neighbourhood // flawless (visualette)
Jack White // would you fight for my love?
Arctic Monkeys // Bad Woman

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Edited by the award-winning, best-selling author Geraldine Brooks, this year’s collection will be another “sure bet for gripping, emotional challenging reading” (San Diego Union-Tribune). With Brooks picking the best of the best, America’s oldest and best-selling story anthology is sure to satisfy this year.

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