(Green Bay, Wis.) – Wisconsin-based BelGioioso Cheese won four prestigious medals at the American Cheese Society’s 2022 judging and competition ceremony on July 21st, held at the annual “Blazing the Trail for Cheese” conference in Portland, Oregon. The competition was competitive with 1,386 entries in 120 different categories, the largest event of its kind for cheeses made in the United States. BelGioioso cheese makers took top honors in the Burrata, Crescenza, Mascarpone and Grated Hard Cheese categories.
The first gold medals were awarded to BelGioioso Burrata in the Burrata category, BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino™ in the Crescenza category and BelGioioso Crema di Mascarpone™ in the Mascarpone/Cream Cheese category. BelGioioso American Grana® received a second silver medal in the Grating Types category.
“Our cheesemakers are always honored to receive awards, it reinforces their continued dedication to crafting award-winning cheeses year after year,” said Gaetano Auricchio, Executive Vice President, BelGoioso Cheese. “The first place award for Crescenza-Stracchino is very special, it’s a little hidden treasure that is so delicious. We hope this award will bring more attention and visibility to this premium fresh cheese.
BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino™ is handcrafted in small batches, with an abundant amount of hands-on care to create a soft, spreadable cheese that delivers a milky flavor and tender texture. “Chefs are starting to recognize the versatility of this cheese and are really turning to its mouth-watering flavor and smooth, creamy texture for their pizzas, flatbreads and appetizers,” said Gaetano Auricchio.
“Burrata is one of our signature fresh cheeses, it has a delicate texture and a creamy, fresh flavor that people and chefs really appreciate,” said Gaetano Auricchio. “Its popularity continues to grow, lovers of fresh Mozzarella are discovering the Burrata through chefs and friends who have tasted its quality and fresh, milky flavor.”
BelGioioso Cheese is a family business specializing in the artisanal production of Italian cheeses. Using natural ingredients and fresh local Wisconsin milk, master cheesemakers handcraft a full line of exceptional cheeses guided by a commitment to quality and respect for tradition. At BelGioioso, each cheese is a specialty. www.belgioioso.com