2004 Edition Champions

Congratulations to the 2004 Cheese Champions

Le Douanier

Category Winner and Grand Champion of the 2004 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix is Le Douanier from Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser in Noyan Quebec, founded in 1982. This washed-rind cheese has been available at Canadian cheese counters for some time now.

Le Douanier features a horizontal stripe in the middle known as the "morbier." Originally, this mark was left by ashes from the fireplace that served to protect the cheese before the curd was added from the next batch. Today, the stripe is made from vegetable ash and included for decorative purposes. This semi-soft cheese smells of hazelnut and features a tart aroma. Depending on its age and development, the mild character of the cheese becomes more marked on the palate, with a stronger fruity taste.

2004 Category Winner:

Among 46 finalist cheeses, 16 were appointed "category Champions", here they are:

  • Fresh cheese Ricotta , Silani Sweet Cheese (On)
  • Soft cheese Le Riopelle de l'Isle, Société coopérative agricole de l'Ile-aux-Grues (Qc)
  • Semi soft cheese St-Paulin Anco, Agropur (Qc)
  • Washed rind cheese Le Douanier, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser (Qc)
  • Firm cheese Gouda old, Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm (BC)
  • Swiss-type cheese Kingsberg, Groupe Fromage Côté (Qc)
  • Pasta filata Provolone, International Cheese (On)
  • Mozzarella Deluxe Mozzarella, Silani Sweet cheese (On)
  • Blue cheese Bleubry, Saputo (Qc)
  • Flavoured cheese (without particulate) Raclette Griffon, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser (Qc)
  • Flavoured cheese (with particulate) Verdelait Cracked Pepper, Natural Pastures Cheese (BC)
  • Mild Cheddar Cheddar Brittania doux jaune, Agropur (Qc)
  • Medium Cheddar Cheddar Ile-aux-Grues médium, Société coopérative agricole de l'Ile-aux-Grues (Qc)
  • Old, Extra Old Cheddar Balderson 5 year Heritage, Balderson Cheese / Parmalat (On)
  • Artisanal Farmhouse Cheese Valbert, Fromagerie Lehmann (Qc)
  • Retail packaging design Providence, Agropur (Qc)

2004 Cheese "Finalists":

For the fourth edition of the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, 46 cheeses made by 11 processors were selected as finalists, among 182 cheeses entered by 39 processors across Canada.

Fresh Cheese:

  • Délicrème nature, Agropur (QC)
  • Mini mini Bocconcini, Saputo (QC)
  • Ricotta, Silani Sweet Cheese (ON)

Soft Cheese:

  • Brie L'Extra double crème, Agropur (QC)
  • Brie Vaudreuil, Agropur (QC)
  • Le Riopelle de l'Isle, Société coopérative agricole de l'Ile-aux-Grues (QC)

Semi-soft Cheese:

  • Amster Dammer, Natural Pastures Cheese, (BC)
  • St-Paulin Anco, Agropur (QC)
  • Trevisano, National Cheese (ON)

Washed-rind Cheese:

  • Cantonnier de Warwick, Groupe Fromage Côté (QC)
  • Le Douanier, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser (QC)
  • Presqu'Île, Fromagerie Champêtre (QC)

Firm Cheese:

  • Boerenkaas, Natural Pastures Cheese (BC)
  • Gouda old, Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm (BC)
  • Leoni-Grana Parmesan, Leoni-Grana Traditional Cheese (AB)

Swiss-type Cheese:

  • Cogruet, Groupe Fromage Côté (QC)
  • Frère Jacques, Abbaye Saint-Benoît (QC)
  • Kingsberg, Groupe Fromage Côté (QC)
  • Suisse St-Fidèle, Fromagerie St-Fidèle (QC)

Pasta Filata:

  • Bocconcini, International Cheese (ON)
  • Provolone, International Cheese (ON)
  • Provolone Sette Fette, National Cheese (ON)

Mozzarella:

  • Deluxe Mozzarella, Silani Sweet Cheese (ON)
  • Mozzarella Prestigio, Agropur (QC)
  • Mozzarelli, Balderson / Parmalat (ON)

Blue Cheese:

  • Bleu Bénédictin, Abbaye Saint-Benoît (QC)
  • Bleubry, Saputo (QC)
  • Dragons Breath, That.Dutchman's Farm (NS)

Flavoured Cheese with added non-particulate flavouring:

  • Cheddar âgé au Porto 10 ans, Fromagerie Perron (QC)
  • Raclette Griffon, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser (QC)
  • Smoked Monterey Jack, Bothwell Cheese Co. (MB)

Flavoured Cheese with added particulate solids and flavouring:

  • Brie Chevalier Fines Herbes, Agropur (QC)
  • Délicrème saumon, Agropur (QC)
  • Verdelait Cracked Pepper, Natural Pastures Cheese (BC)

Mild Cheddar:

  • Cheddar Brittania doux jaune, Agropur (QC)
  • Balderson Marble Cheddar, Balderson / Parmalat (ON)
  • Balderson Mild Cheddar, Balderson / Parmalat (ON)

Medium Cheddar:

  • Balderson Medium Cheddar, Balderson / Parmalat (ON)
  • Cheddar Ile-aux-Grues, Société coopérative agricole de l'Ile-aux-Grues (QC)
  • Medium Cheddar, Farmers Coop Dairy (NS)

Old and Extra Old Cheddar:

  • Balderson 2 year Heritage, Balderson / Parmalat (ON)
  • Balderson 5 year Heritage, Balderson / Parmalat (ON)
  • Brittania 3 ans, Agropur (QC)

Artisanal Farmhouse Cheese

  • Gouda, Sylvan Star Cheese (AB)
  • Old Gouda Cheese, Thunder Oak Cheese (ON)
  • Valbert, Fromagerie Lehmann (QC)

Packaging Design

  • Unlike the other categories, there are no finalists in packaging design. The winner will be announced at the Gala of Champions on April 1st.
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