The Board of Control of Mahón-Menorca Cheese in Menorca, Spain, was awarded 14 medals at this year’s World Cheese Awards in Bergan, Norway. Mahón-Menorca Cheese is made using a process handed down through centuries, the company says.
More than 3,400 cheeses from more than 41 different companies entered the competition for the world’s largest cheese-only event. Judges from 30 countries tasted, nosed and graded cheeses from six continents, giving Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold awards to worthy entries.
The following Mahón-Menorca Cheeses were awarded medals during the competition:
- Coinga earned three medals: Gold, Hard Protected Designation of Origin (DOP); Bronze—Semi Hard DOP; and Bronze, Tender DOP
- Subaida earned five medals: Super Gold, Hard DOP; Silver, Hard; Bronze, Anejo DOP; Bronze, Hard; Bronze, Semi Hard DOP
- Son Vives earned four medals: Bronze, Semi Hard; Bronze, Anejo; Bronze, Semi Hard DOP; Bronze, Tender DOP
- SA Canova earned one medal: Bronze, Semi Hard DOP
- Quintana earned one medal: Bronze, Hard DOP
The judges included cheese makers, cheesemongers, buyers, chefs and writers. Among them were Spanish Chef Cathy Strange, global executive coordinator for Whole Foods Market in the U.S; Claus Meyer, co-founder of Noma in Denmark; and Carlos Yescas, author and cheesemonger from Mexico.
Mahón-Menorca Cheese is produced on the island of Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands which is a biosphere reserve island (certified by UNESCO) located in the Mediterranean Sea. Made from Menorcan cow’s milk (pasteurized or raw), exclusively matured on the island of Menorca, the cheese is positioned for retail markets nationwide.