Rivers Edge Chevre Wins “Best American Cheese” for the second time in 2013 in international competition
Rivers Edge Chevre’s Up in Smoke was chosen as the “Best American Cheese” at the 25th annual Guild of Fine Foods World Cheese Awards on Wednesday, November 27th 2013. The competition was held at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham, England. This win follows on the heels of Rivers Edge Chevre’s Humbug Mountain winning Best USA Cheese in July at the 116th annual International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, England.
Up in Smoke is a hand formed 4 oz. round of fresh chevre that is smoked over maple and alder and then wrapped in smoked Big Leaf Maple leaves that have been misted with bourbon. Patricia Morford received word of her cheeses fate via an email from fellow Oregon Cheese Guild member and one of the over 250 judges of the World Cheese Awards, David Gremmels, (co-owner of Rogue Creamery).
“Congratulations Pat on winning a Supreme Super Gold tonight at the World Cheese Awards and being Crowned Best American Cheese! I chose, presented and championed your cheese tonight on the supreme judges panel. It showed and tasted brilliantly against 60 competing cheeses and the panel of 15 judges totally agreed by giving it a Supreme Super Gold and crowning it Best American Cheese.”
Before making it to the final round of judging it had received a Super Gold in the class it had originally been entered in (Class 5007- Goat’s milk cheese smoked). The final panel of 15 judges represented 13 different countries. Up in Smoke competed against smoked goat cheeses from all around the world in its original class and then against all the cow, sheep and goat cheeses entered from the United States before being awarded “Best American Cheese”.
Up in Smoke was not the only Rivers Edge Chevre cheese to win an award, Siltcoos, a small ash coated, soft ripened wheel of chevre that is decorated with a fern was awarded a Gold in its class (Class 5514- Any cheese that has been awarded Supreme Champion (or its equivalent) in a national or international cheese awards in any country). Siltcoos was entered in this class because it had won Best in Show at the 2012 American Dairy Goat Association’s cheese competition.
Rivers Edge Chevre is a farmstead goat cheese producer located in Logsden, Oregon. Their cheese is sold across the United States and can be purchased 7 days a week on the farm at their self-serve cheese refrigerator located on the front porch of the dairy at 6315 Logsden Rd., Logsden, Oregon 97357.
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