Grizzly Gouda claimed two awards at national cheese grand prix

Grizzly Gouda is again a winner for Sylvan Star Cheese.

Grizzly Gouda is again a winner for Sylvan Star Cheese.

The extra aged sharp gouda with a very rich nutty flavour captured two prizes at the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix in Montreal Apr. 18.

One of the prizes was in the ‘Gouda’ category, a new category opened during the judging process due to the number of cheese entered.

‘Grizzly’ also won in the Farmhouse Cheese category.

Sylvan Star Cheese was announced as one of the competition’s finalists with six cheeses competing in four different categories after judges narrowed the record 225 cheese entries down to 58 finalists in February.

The company’s Grizzly Gouda and Aged Gouda were both competing in the open Gouda category.

Grizzly Gouda was a finalist in the Farmhouse Cheese category, where it won top spot.

Its Cayenne and Green Peppercorn Spiced Gouda and its Italian Herbs Spiced Gouda were both competing in the Flavoured Cheese with added particulate solids and flavourings category.

Natural Smoked Gouda was the company’s finalist in the Flavoured Cheese with added non-particulate flavourings category.

“Canadian cheese makers from coast to coast are producing top quality, impressive cheeses,” said Phil Bélanger, Canadian Cheese Grand Prix jury chairman, in a press release. “The diversity we saw within the 19 categories really showcases how evolved this craft has become in Canada. From aged cheddars to organic cheeses, cheese makers from across Canada are taking it to the next level and are the envy of other cheese making nations.”

Sylvan Star Cheese has experienced success in the competition in previous years. At the 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix the company received the Champion Cheese award for its Gouda Herbs and Garlic entry in the flavoured cheese with added particulate solids flavouring category.

The company captured three category awards at the 2009 contest. Its Gruyére won the Swiss-type cheese category, its Smoked Gouda was named winner in the Flavoured Cheese with added non-particulate flavouring category and its Old Grizzly won the Farmhouse Cheese category.