Online Contest CELEBRATION

Contest History, Evaluation & Judging 

We begin our programming by looking back on the tradition of excellence set by our Contests, and look forward, with excitement, to what’s next for these competitions!

  • WCMA Executive Director, John Umhoefer will moderate a lively, insightful conversation with Contest Chief Judge Jim Mueller and Contest Chief Judge Emereti Bill Schlinsog and Bob Aschebrock.


Then, we dive into the minds of our expert cheese judges!

  • Cheese Curds with Gurth Pretty of Lakeview Cheese and Chad Galer of Dairy Management Inc. 
  • Smear-Ripened Soft Cheese with John Jaeggi and Dean Sommer of the Center for Dairy Research 
  • Cheddar with Jill Allen of Tillamook Creamery and Craig Gile of Cabot Cheese 
  • Manchego with Mariana Marques de Almeida of Ms. J & Co., also an Assistant Chief Judge, and Dominique Delugeau of Saputo Cheese

Celebration of Champion Cheesemakers & 2021 Auction Cheese Announcement

  • Meet ten of the world’s premier cheesemakers, as WCMA unveils the exciting line-up for the 2021 Auction of Championship Cheeses.