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Contest Results

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2017 U.S. CHAMPION

Mike Matucheski
Sartori
Antigo, WI
Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano
Champion Round Score: 99.018

2017 First Runner Up

Terry Lensmire
Agropur
Weyauwega, WI
Aged Cheddar
Champion Round Score:  98.813

2017 Second Runner Up

Marieke Gouda Team
Marieke Gouda
Thorp, WI
Marieke Gouda Belegen
Champion Round Score:  98.593

Results are in score order with only the top five scores listed.

2017 United States Championship Cheese Contest

50. Open Class: Pepper Flavored Cheese, Medium Heat

Maker/Team
Company
Location
Score
Place
Description
Saxon Creamery Team
Saxon Cheese LLC
Cleveland, WI
99.25
Best of Class
Gouda w/Serrano Peppers Aged 9mon
Carr Valley Cheese Makers
Carr Valley Cheese Co. Inc.
LaValle, WI
98.60
Second Award
Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar
Steve Stettler
Decatur Dairy Inc.
Brodhead, Wi
98.45
Third Award
havarti pepper
Felimon Aquirre
Saxon Cheese LLC
Cleveland, Wisconsin
98.40
Gouda w/Serrano Peppers 8 mon
Burnett Dairy- Wilson
Burnett Dairy Cooperative
Wilson, WI
98.25
Triple Pepper Gold'N Jack #1
Team Hennings on behalf of Saputo
Saputo Specialty Cheese
Richfield, WI
 
Hatch Pepper Cheddar
Burnett Dairy- Wilson
Burnett Dairy Cooperative
Wilson, WI
 
Triple Pepper Gold'N Jack #2
Matt Henze
Decatur Dairy Inc.
Brodhead, Wi
 
Havarti Pepper
Saxon Creamery Team
Saxon Cheese LLC
Cleveland, Wisconsin
 
Aged Butterkase with Red Chili Peppers
Marieke Gouda Team
Marieke Gouda
Thorp, WI
 
Marieke Jalapeno
Annie Milard
Glanbia Nutritionals
Twin Falls, idaho
 
Color Cheddar/Chipotle Pepper
Emmi Roth USA
Emmi Roth USA
Fitchburg, WI
 
Roth 3 Chile Pepper Gouda
Team SWC
Southwest Cheese LLC
Clovis, NM
 
Jalapeno Cheddar
Matt Erdley
Klondike Cheese Co.
Monroe, WI
 
Odyssey Sweet Heat Feta
Team Meister 1
Meister Cheese
Muscoda, WI
 
Muscoda Mayham
Amber Pitman
Mill Creek Cheese
Arena, Wisconsin
 
Medium Chile Pepper Muenster
Glanbia Blackfoot
Glanbia Nutritionals
Blackfoot, ID
 
3146 - 3 Chipotle Cheddar
Duane Petersen
Arla Foods
Kaukauna, Wi
 
Havarti with Jalapeno pepper
Glanbia Blackfoot
Glanbia Nutritionals
Blackfoot, ID
 
2156 Chipotle Cheddar
Emmi Roth USA
Emmi Roth USA
Fitchburg, WI
 
Roth Chipotle Havarti
Banjac Alex
Glanbia Nutritionals
Twin Falls, idaho
 
Color Chedar/Habnero Pepper
Team Marin French
Marin French Cheese
Petaluma, CA
 
Petite Jalapeno
Jeff Gundlach
Arla Foods
Kaukauna, Wi
 
Havarti with Jalapeno Pepper
Cucic Haris
Glanbia Nutritionals
Twin Falls, idaho
 
White Cheddar/Habanero Pepper
Emmi Roth USA
Emmi Roth USA
Fitchburg, WI
 
Roth Sriracha Gouda
John(Randy) Pitman
Mill Creek Cheese
Arena, Wisconsin
 
Medium Chile Pepper Muenster
Team SWC
Southwest Cheese LLC
Clovis, NM
 
Jalapeno Cheddar
Team SWC
Southwest Cheese LLC
Clovis, NM
 
Jalapeno Cheddar
Widmer's Cheese Cellars
Widmer's Cheese Cellars
Theresa, WI - Wisconsin
 
Jalapeno Pepper Cheddar
Ed Giamarino
Arla Foods
Kaukauna, Wi
 
Havarti with Jalpeno Pepper
John(Randy) Pitman
Mill Creek Cheese
Arena, Wisconsin
 
Medium Chile Pepper Brick
Team SWC
Southwest Cheese LLC
Clovis, NM
 
Jalapeno Cheddar
Amber Pitman
Mill Creek Cheese
Arena, Wisconsin
 
Medium Chile Pepper Brick
John(Randy) Pitman
Mill Creek Cheese
Arena, Wisconsin
 
Medium Chile Pepper Quesao Quesadilla
Maple Leaf Cheesemaking Team
Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc.
Monroe, WI
 
Twin Grove Reaper Cheddar
Dennis Dwinell
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Cabot, VT
 
Vermont Chipotle Cheddar
Kirk Baldwin
Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.
Milbank, SD
 
Cheddar with Red and Green Jalapenos - Cut cheese
Nathan Borst
Arla Foods
Kaukauna, Wi.
 
Havarti with Jalapeno Pepper
Team Marin French Cheese
Marin French Cheese
Petaluma, CA
 
Jalapeno Brie
Artisan Cheese Exchange
Henning Cheese
Kiel, WI
 
Tequila/Habanero w/ medium aged cheddar 11/28/16
Glanbia Blackfoot
Glanbia Nutritionals
Blackfoot, ID
 
2156 - 2 Chipotle Cheddar
Carr Valley Cheese Makers
Carr Valley Cheese Co., Inc.
La Valle, WI
 
Wildfire Blue