The ACS Judging & Competition strives to achieve the highest level of integrity throughout the judging process by selecting only the most qualified judges. Each year, the Judging & Competition Committee works diligently to identify and select judges who possess the utmost levels of expertise, ethics, and reliability. This process typically begins in October the year prior to the Competition and concludes in February with a roster of experienced, passionate judges from around the world.
ACS Judges are food professionals, selected from the academic, dairy industry, dairy science, cultures manufacturing, food retailing, food distributing, and food press communities, as well as the ACS membership.
ACS celebrates the art of American cheese-making through our annual Judging & Competition which culminates in our Awards Ceremony and Festival of Cheese. Awards are given to cheeses and dairy products which have achieved technical excellence and exhibit the highest aesthetic qualities. We recognize products for their achievements in flavor, aroma, texture, and appearance.