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Cheesy chicks: Woman takes top US cheese prize second year running


Not all fights for recognition in predominantly male fields make headlines, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to applaud them when they do, and tradition is getting a run for its money on the farms of Wisconsin.

Despite only making up a tiny percentage of cheesemakers in the United States, Marieke Penterman of Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp, Wisconsin and her Marieke Gouda grabbed the top prize at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, which took place at Lambeau Field (of course). She is the second woman in a row to be crowned champion and has only been in the biz for six years.

Her response can’t help but bring a smile to your face, either:

Marieke was on hand to accept the award, and for the first time in her life, said on stage she was “speechless.” She did recover afterward, doing her signature “happy dance,” walking through the crowd and accepting hundreds of well wishes from a crowd that had gathered to taste some of the best cheese in the country and watch the final round of judging.

“Can you believe it?” Marieke told me after the festivities had died down, the media had left, and just a handful of industry oldies were nursing their drinks. “The best in the nation. Wow. I can’t wait to tell my dad.”

Here’s to pioneering women in every field, and you can visit her website to either find a local store that stocks this god(dess)ly gouda or order online.

Full story at Cheese Underground.

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