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Area cheesemakers earn honors in world contest
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Area cheesemakers earned honors throughout multiple categories at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison this week. Cheesemakers and their winning cheeses were: Cheddar, Sharp (6 Months to 1 Year) • Robert Martinez, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Monroe, third place for English Hollow Cheddar, Aged 1 to 2 Years • Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Monroe, second place for English Hollow Cheddar Bandaged Cheddar, Mild to Medium • Chris Roelli, Roelli Cheese Company, Shullsburg, Best of Class for Mild cheddar wheel, cellar-cured Baby Swiss Style • Mike Nelson, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, Best of Class for 40-pound Baby Swiss block • Neal Schwartz, Chalet Cheese Co-op, Monroe, third place for 20-pound Baby Swiss wheel Havarti, Flavored • Dave Buholzer, Klondike Cheese, Monroe, Best of Class for Dill Havarti • Team Edelweiss, Edelweiss Creamery, Monticello, third place for Dill Havarti Brick, Muenster • Chad Duhai, Zimmerman Cheese, South Wayne, Best of Class for Brick • Valley View Cheese Team, Valley View Cheese Co-op, South Wayne, second place for Muenster • Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, third place for Brick Gouda, Mild • Gary Grossen of Juda, University of Wisconsin-Madison Babcock Dairy, second place for Gouda, Mild Fresh Hispanic Cheeses (Quesos Frescos) • Team W&W Dairy, W&W Dairy, Monroe, Best of Class for Queso Fresco Hispanic Melting Cheeses (Quesos Para Fundir) • Tom Dahmen, Chula Vista Cheese for V&V Supremo Foods, Browntown, Best of Class for Queso Oaxaca Ball Smear Ripened Hard Cheeses • Team Emmi Roth USA, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, Best of Class for Roth Grand Cru Surchoix • Team Emmi Roth USA, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, second place for Roth's Private Reserve Pepper Flavored Monterey Jack, Mild Heat • Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Monroe, second place for Pepper Jack Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheeses, Mild Heat • WCG, Wisconsin Cheese Group, Monroe, third place for Fresco with Jalapeno Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheeses, Medium Heat • Team Emmi Roth USA, Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, third place for Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda Open Class: Smoked Soft and Semi-Soft (Semi-Hard) Cheeses • Decatur Team, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, Best of Class for Smoked Mediterranean Herb Havarti • Steve Stettler, Decatur Dairy, Brodhead, third place for Smoked Pepper Havarti Yogurt, Cow's Milk • Ron Paris, Sugar River Dairy, Albany, Best of Class for Whole Milk Plain Yogurt Flavored High Protein, Cow's Milk • Adam Buholzer, Klondike Cheese, Monroe, third place for Odyssey Greek Yogurt Peach Yogurt - All Other Milks • Ron Paris, Sugar River Dairy, Albany, third place for Whole Sheep Milk Yogurt Open Class: Shredded Cheese Blends, Flavored and Unflavored • Jeff Mattes, Chula Vista Cheese Co./V&V Supremo Foods, Browntown, second place for Queso Quesadilla/Queso Oaxaca Blend For a complete list of winners, visit worldchampioncheese.org.

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