Gordon Zola: Judging at the ACS Conference
This great post gives us a taste for what it's like to be a cheese judge at the ACS Conference. Gordon Zola tells us what kinds of cheeses are likely to win Best of Show, the conflicts that can arise when your favorite cheese is up for judgement, and how cheeses can win and lose points for the same attribute.
Whenever I get a chance to be a cheese judge at the American Cheese Society Conference, I grab it. I really do love it. I am honored to be asked – and that is part of it – but I love it mostly because it is pure cheese: just me, my mouth, and 1771 anonymous cheeses.
Of course I don’t have to taste all 1771 (or whatever a given year’s number is). Judges only have to taste around two hundred: one hundred assigned via category, then another hundred that won their class and are competing for Best of Show. Still, it’s a lot of cheese over the course of two days. I am not complaining, however. Not at all.