Cincinnati cheesemaker My Artisano Cheeses just received some global recognition at the 32nd-annual World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy — "the planet’s biggest cheese-only event," according to a press release.
My Artisano took home a coveted bronze award for its Sharon Creek cheese, "a bloomy rind cheese made with cows’ milk."
“This is the first time we have entered the World Cheese Awards and it feels very rewarding that our Sharon Creek received a world-class award," said My Artisano founder Eduardo Rodriguez in the release. "I couldn’t believe it when this past Sunday a cheesemaker friend messaged me that we received one of the awards. We always wanted to know how our cheeses stand amongst many other fine cheeses; so we entered the competition this year with help from the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC)."
More than 3,800 cheeses were entered into the World Cheese Awards from 42 different nations and six continents, including Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Greece, Japan, Sweden and Spain, among others. For the judging, 260 judges from 35 different countries worked in teams to evaluate each cheese based on its appearance, texture, aroma and flavor, selecting those dairy products worthy of bronze, silver or gold recognition.
The 3,804 total cheeses were whittled down to 16 "super gold" cheeses to select the world's best cheese, which this year went to the Rogue River Blue cheese from Rogue Creamery. (This is the first time an American-made cheese has won the top award.)
My Artisano Cheese is available for purchase at Clifton Natural Foods, both Jungle Jim’s locations, Whole Foods, Share: Cheesebar in Pleasant Ridge and Silverglades and Dean's Mediterranean in Findlay Market.
My Artisano was founded in June 2012 and started production in January 2013. The creamery, which follows a natural cheesemaking and aging process, is located at 607 Shepherd Drive in Lockland.