Expert judges at the 2015 American Cheese Society Contest chose BelGioioso Sharp Provolone Mandarini and BelGioioso Black Truffle Burrata for first place, Best in Class awards at the blind judging in Providence, RI last week. Touted as the yearly "Cheese Oscars," the contest drew a total of 1779 entries, with the highly coveted awards handed out to a packed theater of artisan cheesemakers.
This is the third consecutive first place award for BelGioioso Sharp Provolone Mandarini, winnig first at the US Cheese Chapionship Contest earlier this year and the World Championship Cheese Contest in March 2014. BelGioioso Black Truffle Burrata was awarded a first place blue ribbon in the Cheese with Flavor Category, taking first in the same category in 2014.
BelGioioso American Grana® received its fourth consecutive award in as many contests, judged as one of the best cheeses in the Parmesan category.
BelGioioso Cheesemakers were recognized with a total of five awards in this contest. The two mentioned above and also 2nd place Crumbly Gorgonzola with Sheep's Milk (Rindless Blue Veined Category); 2nd place Pesto Marinated Hand Braided Fresh Mozzarella (Marinated Cheeses); and 3rd place American Grana® (Grating Types Category)
BelGioioso is a family owned and operated company specializing in artisan Italian cheesemaking.