Cue the confetti as BelGioioso Cheese brought home four prestigious medals from the American Cheese Society’s 2022 Judging & Competition ceremony! The Wisconsin-based cheesemaker took home top honors in the Burrata, Crescenza, Mascarpone, and Hard Grating Cheese categories.
“Our Cheesemakers are always honored to receive awards; it reinforces their continued dedication to hand-crafting award-winning cheeses year after year,” said Gaetano Auricchio, Executive Vice President. “The first-place award for Crescenza-Stracchino is extra special—it’s a little hidden treasure that’s so delicious. We hope this award attracts more attention and exposure to this premium fresh cheese.”
Gold medals were awarded to BelGioioso Burrata in the Burrata category, Crescenza-Stracchino™ in the Crescenza category, and Crema di Mascarpone™ in the Mascarpone/Cream Cheese category. The company’s American Grana® received a silver medal in the Grating Types category.
“Burrata is one of our signature fresh cheeses, it has a delicate texture and a creamy, fresh flavor that people and chefs really enjoy. Its popularity is expanding; people who love Fresh Mozzarella are being introduced to Burrata through chefs and also friends who have tasted its quality and fresh, milky flavor,” commented Auricchio on the cheesemaker’s Burrata before detailing its Crescenza-Stracchino. “Chefs are starting to recognize the versatility of this cheese and are really gravitating toward its enticing flavor and soft, creamy texture for their pizzas, flatbreads, and appetizers.”
According to the release, Crescenza-Stracchino is hand-crafted in small batches with an abundant amount of hands-on care to create a soft, spreadable cheese that offers a milky flavor and tender texture.
The contest received 1,386 entries in 120 different categories, one of the largest events of its kind for American-made cheeses.
Congratulations on these amazing recognitions!