The Utah Cheese Awards is an annual competition and celebration of Utah cheese and related foods. Its aim is to recognize individual cheesemakers and food processors as well as promote the quality of local products to Utahns and points beyond.
Makers submit their products which are judged by a team of individuals representing a cross-section of food-conscious Utahns. The products are awarded first, second and third place (gold, silver and bronze) medals in each category.
The show also awards a best-of-show to the highest scoring entry in both cheese and non-cheese divisions. Additionally, a Special Recognition Award is presented to a person or company instrumental in the ongoing success of the contest or industry.
While the awards reflect the personal tastes of the judges assembled, the Utah Cheese Awards believes the results are relevant to the majority of Utahns who buy such products. Additionally, the act of the makers coming together in a friendly competition promotes products, brands and the industry as a whole in a way that no single company or agency can.
Utah Cheese Awards aims to recognize cheesemaking in the the State of Utah.
We want to award excellence, to recognize the special products comprising the cheese plate, and to celebrate annually the products of the state’s fine food industry.
Utah Cheese Awards
Attn: Steven Ralph Jerman
258 W 700 S, No. 328
Salt Lake City. UT 84101
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FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
Steven Ralph “Steve” Jerman is a fouth-generation Utahn, and creator of the Utah Cheese Awards℠. Steve graduated from Utah State University with a degree in advertising design. For over 30 years he has worked in the advertising and design fields for agencies, graphic design studios, magazines, publishers and manufacturers.
The Utah media has called him an “all-around creative brain” and “a name often dropped in the Salt Lake Scene”, where he is responsible for multiple recognizable graphic identities. He designed the logo for the Salt Lake Downtown Farmers Market and the greatest-selling shirt ever offered by KRCL radio. He has garnered local, national and international design awards and notices.
Jerman has designed apparel which has been distributed nationally and internationally. In 1994 the world’s largest trading company said his designs were “two or three steps ahead of the others.” For over 20 years he has licensed the rights to create and sell reproductions and merchandise for the heirs of the famous lost artist, Everett Ruess. (Everett disappeared in 1934 at the age of twenty, having spent most of four years traveling the west on foot while sketching and journaling his journeys.)
Beginning in 2014, for almost three years, Steve lived in Cache Valley, Utah. There he completed a documentary film concerned with the area called “The Cost of Being Different”. It was in Northern Utah that he fulfilled a long-held goal of making cheese, by completing a four-month apprenticeship with a Cache Valley creamery. There he did everything from milking the Brown Swiss cows to selling the end product at the local farmers market.
This experience has lead him to conceive this awards show which is aimed to bring recognition to locally made cheese and the accompanying cheese plate foods. Steve’s long-held interest in fine foods, combined with knowledge of the local culinary scene, in addition to strong branding and organizational abilities will fuel the success of the Utah Cheese Awards. He envisions an event that can grow yearly to recognize and support those involved in the magical world of cheese. More at StevenRJerman.com
Utah Cheese Awards is a DBA and Service Mark of Steven Ralph Jerman. It is not associated with any cheese maker, food producer, wholesale, retailer, corporation, person or entity. NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE STATE OF UTAH.