Our participation with Alpine Cheese at the world championship cheese contest 2018 – Wisconsin – USA

Rehmer Sennhus World Championship Cheese Contest USA - Wisconsin 2018

Our FIRST participation with 2 Rehmer alpine cheeses “mild and spicy” – at the International Cheese World Cup 2018 in the USA. And where does the winner come from?

In detail, there were participants from 26 countries of the world and 32 USA states with a total of 3,402 cheese and dairy products (all in all – whole block of cheese, cheese loaf, etc.) that faced the competition.

Immediately beforehand – a hard sheep’s cheese from France wins the 2018 Cheese World Cup in the USA – and it comes to tenths points. We congratulate to it!

Yes, we can! – we just thought, when we heard about it! True to our motto “Nothing in the world is as powerful as an idea whose time has come”, 2 Rehmer alpine cheese wheels (4 months and 12 months) sent from our Rehmer Sennhus cheese cellar in Au to the World Championship in Wisconsin in the USA.

Cheese Packages for USA Shipping to Cheese World Championship
Cheese Packages for USA Shipping to Cheese World Championship

Our submitted Rehmer Sennhus Bergkäse, our uncertainty and the results

Our cheese wheels are Rehmer Bergkäse 4 months – mild and Rehmer Bergkäse 12 months – spicy.

These were packed very well by us and prepared for the long journey to the USA. Nevertheless, there were uncertainties for us:

  • Will the cheese wheel survive the long journey unscathed? – A mountain cheese loaf has about 24 kg
  • It will take about 1 month to evaluate the cheese wheels – during this time the cheese can no longer be cared for by us – what effect will cheese quality have on this?
  • Will the cheeses make it easy to import into the US?
  • Will we reach a score that we are looking forward to and we can be proud of?
  • For information: Each cheese is rated twice and the average is the score achieved.

The results and scoring of our first cheese world participation are:

We are very proud of this and sincerely congratulate our master cheesemaker Hermann Berchtold and his team.

Rehmer Alpine Hard Cheese – 4 months

Rehmer mountain cheese evaluation 4 months

Rehmer Alpine Hard Cheese – 12 months

Rehmer mountain cheese evaluation 12 months

Why participate as a valley dairy at such a big cheese world championship?

This question is very easy to answer:

How or where else do you know where to stand with its cheese quality in international cheese quality comparison? And the cheese ratings are still far from home on neutral ground with a review team of 55 members from around the world instead – what more do you want there?

One thing was clear to us. It is certainly much harder to get involved than at many smaller regional or national cheese awards events – especially because of the international, strong cheese competition. Of course, every competitor will only send their best cheese products on the long journey to the USA. If you do not produce top quality, it is wiser to leave your cheese at home.

What brings the cheese world championship participation?

Above all, it brings us one thing – a neutral cheese rating as feedback from absolute cheese professionals from around the world. Quite a perfect feedback on strengths and weaknesses to his submitted cheeses. Thanks to these excellent reviews, you can search for the small mistakes and make specific improvements to further cheese quality optimizations.

Something else brings such a successful cheese World Cup participation: You no longer have to constantly discuss his cheese quality – either it is good, or not. The results clearly show this.

How does participation in the cheese world championship work?

Unfortunately this is not as easy as with a local cheese award, e.g. Kasermandl or Käsekaiser etc. within the EU.

First of all, everything is only in English. Then you have to issue a food certificate (Health Certificate) for each World Championship cheese for the World Cup participation. Furthermore, one has to register or request an official FDA (Food and Drug Administration) number from the US. Without this official FDA number nothing goes through the US Customs. Thereafter, the necessary customs documents must be completed in conjunction with delivery notes. If you have it all, the World Cup participation cheese will go by airfreight to the United States – to Wisconsin

Who is the winner of the US cheese championship from France?

Käse Weltmeisterschaft USA - Wisconsin 2018
Der Sieger Käse aus Frankreich

The winner of the entire top cheese, which was awarded with a record 3,402 cheese entries at this year’s competition, is Esquirrou (pronounced ehs-keer-oo), a hard sheep’s milk cheese made by Michael Touyarou in the Mauleon Fromagerie in the Pyrénées region of France.

With the announcement of the jury, which described its taste as “nutty notes and roasted wheat flavor”, the Esquirrou sheep’s cheese scored 98,376 out of 100 points and was awarded best winner at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest at Monona Terrace. The winning cheese was selected from 20 finalists in the final.

World’s Largest Cheese Spectacle at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin

The competition, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, is the world’s largest cheese competition, with a record 3,402 entries this year, up 15 percent from the 2016 edition. The competition takes place every two years. which is about the US Cheese Championship at Green Bay. The contest includes 919 entries from 26 other countries and 32 US states.

The winners of each of the 121 categories of the competition were judged on Thursday morning, with the top 20 being selected by a team of 55 jurors. In the last 20 were seven cheeses from the US, including five from Wisconsin. It was Hollow Cheddar from Maple Leaf Cheese at Monroe, a cave aged chandoka made from cow and goat’s milk from LaClare Family Creamery of Malone in Fond du Lac and a mild Gouda from Manitowoc, Cleveland.

Photo gallery of cheese world championship 2018 in the USA

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