Kénogami named "Grand Champion" of the sixth Canadian Cheese Grand Prix



    MONTREAL, April 24 /CNW/ - Dairy Farmers of Canada today announced that
Kénogami, a soft washed-rind cheese from Fromagerie Lehmann in Lac Saint-Jean,
Quebec, has been selected as the "Grand Champion" at the sixth Canadian Cheese
Grand Prix. Winners in all 16 categories were also announced: eight from
Québec, three from Alberta, two from Ontario, two from Nova Scotia, and one
from Prince Edward Island. The Canadian Cheese Grand Prix is a prestigious
competition held every two years by Dairy Farmers of Canada to recognize the
best of the best in Canadian cheese making.
    Phil Bélanger, Chair of the 2009 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix and Atlantic
Canada Hospitality and Tourism Consultant and President of the New Brunswick
Chapter of La Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, said this year's
finalists are wonderful examples of the world-class cheeses being produced in
Canada from coast to coast.
    "The diversity and originality of the Canadian cheeses truly impressed
the jury," said Bélanger. "After experiencing the rich talents of our cheese
makers first-hand, it's wonderful to bring this celebration to cheese lovers
across Canada."
    A category winner in the washed-rind division, Kénogami has an aroma of
mild herbs and a creamy, buttery, nutty flavour. Made from the milk of their
own heard of cows, the Lehmann family has produced cheese on their small
family-owned and operated farm in Lac Saint-Jean since 1983.
    "After two days of tasting dozens cheeses entered in this year's Grand
Prix, the jurors all agreed Kénogami was one of Canada's best."
    The Canadian Cheese Grand Prix is a competition celebrating the high
quality and proud tradition of Canadian cheese. The competition promotes
achievements and innovation in cheese making and encourages cheese makers to
strive for excellence in their art. This year's winners showcase the
world-class cheeses being produced across Canada. A total of 172 cheeses from
41 different Canadian cheese makers were submitted for consideration in the
competition. Winners enjoy the right to affix the Grand Prix seal to their
product and benefit from the attention generated by the competition.

    
    The following are the 16 winners of the 6th Canadian Cheese Grand Prix:

    GRAND CHAMPION: Kénogami, Fromagerie Lehmann (QC)

    1. Fresh Cheese:
    -   Black Diamond Feta, Parmalat (ON)

    2. Soft Cheese with bloomy rind:
    -   Marquis de Témiscouata, Fromagerie Le Détour (QC)

    3. Semi-soft Cheese:
    -   Gouda, That Dutchman's Cheese Farm (NS)

    4. Washed-rind Cheese:
    -   Kénogami, Fromagerie Lehmann (QC)

    5. Firm Cheese:
    -   Old Growler Gouda, That Dutchman's Cheese Farm (NS)

    6. Swiss-type Cheese:
    -   Gruyère, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd. (AB)

    7. Pasta Filata Cheese:
    -   Provolone Pignata, International Cheese Co. Ltd. (ON)

    8. Blue Cheese:
    -   Le Ciel de Charlevoix, La maison d'affinage Maurice Dufour Inc. (QC)

    9. Flavoured Cheese with added non-particulate flavouring:
    -   Smoked Gouda, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd. (AB)

    10. Flavoured Cheese with added particulate solids and flavouring:
    -   Raclette de Compton with pepper, Fromagerie La Station (QC)

    11. Mild Cheddar:
    -   Riviera Mild Cheddar, Laiterie Chalifoux Inc. (QC)

    12. Medium Cheddar:
    -   Ile-aux-Grues Medium Cheddar, Société Coopérative Agricole de
        l'Ile-aux-Grues (QC)

    13. Old and Extra Old Cheddar:
    -   Cows Extra Old Cheddar, Cows Inc. (PEI)

    14. Farmhouse Cheese:
    -   Old Grizzly, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd. (AB)

    15. Organic Cheese:
    -   Le Baluchon, Fromagerie F.X. Pichet (QC)

    16. Retail Packaging Design:
    -   Alfred Le Fermeier, Fromagerie La Station (QC)
    

    For a complete list of all category finalists in addition to the winners
listed above please visit www.dairygoodness.ca.

    About Dairy Farmers of Canada

    Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) strives to create favourable conditions for
the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. DFC works to maintain
policies that foster the viability of Canadian dairy producers and to promote
quality Canadian dairy products as part of a healthy balanced diet. DFC is
completely funded by dairy producers.

    
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For further information: Will Lamont, Trillium Corporate Communications
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