American Cheese Society Announces 2019 Judging & Competition Winning Cheeses

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Richmond, VA (August 5, 2019) – “Stockinghall,” from Murray’s Cheese in New York,
was named “Best of Show” among 1,742 entries at the American Cheese Society’s
(ACS) 2019 Judging & Competition. The results were announced tonight at the 36th
Annual ACS Conference: Virginia Is For Cheese Lovers™, at the Greater Richmond
Convention Center, Richmond, Virginia. Second place “Best of Show” went to
“Professor’s Brie” from Wegmans Food Markets in New York. Third place “Best of
Show” was awarded to “Aries” from Shooting Star Creamery in California.

This year’s “Best of Show” cheeses indicate that the traditional European practice of
producers working in collaboration with “affineurs” is growing in the U.S. Affinage is
the practice of aging cheese in caves carefully regulated in temperature and
humidity. Both the first and second place “Best of Show” cheeses were created through such partnerships
between cheesemakers—in this case, Old Chatham Creamery—and affineurs, in this case both retailers. First
place winner “Stockinghall” was produced by Old Chatham Creamery then handed over to Murray’s Cheese to
age in their Long Island City caves, while “Professor’s Brie,” also made by Old Chatham Creamery, was aged in
Wegmans Food Markets’ caves in Rochester, New York.

“We worked with Old Chatham Creamery for several years to make ‘Stockinghall,’ which is their only cheddar,”
said Josh Windsor, affineur for Murray’s Cheese. “Aged cheddars are finicky and hard to produce—this cheese
was truly a labor of love.”

“It has been a wonderful experience to work with our team to create our cheese caves in Rochester and work with
cheesemakers on unique cheeses for Wegmans,” said Cathy Gaffney, vice president at Wegmans Food Markets
and ACS board president. “’Professor’s Brie’ was named in honor of Dave Galton, owner of Old Chatham, and my
former professor at Cornell University. This award is proof that this model of production can create phenomenal
American artisan cheese.”

“We’re so proud of the Old Chatham team and our partners,” said David Galton, owner of Old Chatham
Creamery, “We strive to make cheeses that meet the high standards of our partners, who are truly the best
creameries in the American artisan cheese industry.”

Growing from just 89 entries 35 years ago, the ACS Judging & Competition this year welcomed cheeses and
cultured dairy products from 257 companies. Competing entries represented 35 U.S. states, 4 Canadian
provinces, Mexico and Brazil. ACS awarded a total of 433 awards including 139 gold medals, 143 silver medals
and 151 bronze medals.

“It’s an exciting year for American cheese,” said Nora Weiser, ACS executive director, “We have new producers,
new production models and fresh new faces that are pushing the envelope and expanding creativity and
collaboration within American artisan cheese.”

Third place winner “Aries” was created by cheese industry newcomer Avery Jones. Only 15 years old, Jones
proves that exceptional cheeses aren’t only produced by established cheesemakers. The daughter of Reggie
Jones of Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles, California, she is part of a new generation driving excellence
and innovation in the American artisan cheese industry.

“Watching Avery become the cheesemaker she is today has been amazing,” said Lindsey Mendes, production
manager of Central Coast Creamery. “Cheesemaking takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and it’s heartening to
see that the younger generation is so passionate about the industry. This win couldn’t have happened without the
entire Central Coast Creamery team.”

For a list of this year’s winners and judges, visit The 2019
ACS Judging & Competition Media Kit breaks down awards by product, dairy location and milk source, as well as
producers’ contact information. The 37th Annual ACS Conference & Competition will take place on July 22 – July
25, 2020, in Portland, Oregon.

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