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2024 Course Dates: March 22 | Registration closes March 8 | Course fee: $350

Course Description
This training course is designed to help you increase your confidence and focus your sensory and grading abilities to be an effective contest judge. Successful completion of the CDR Cheese Grading & Evaluation Workshop and/or experience as a cheese grader or sensory evaluator, is a requirement prior to taking this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the unique aspects of the different cheese contests in the industry, and the basics of how cheese is scored in each.
  • Understand judging basics, universal skills and what to avoid when judging cheese.
  • Gain insight from contest officials and volunteers on how samples are procured, organized, categorized and stored behind the scenes of a judging contest.
  • Learn how to sample by cheese variety and format.
  • Experience aesthetic judging and demonstrations of live judging and evaluation by industry experts.

Test your knowledge and understanding during hands-on judging activities and evaluation practice with the opportunity to compare to industry judging results

Brandon Prochaska - CDR technical course contact
Contact with questions on course content or if this course is right for you.

Heather Cooper - CDR events coordinator
Contact with questions on registration, certificates, or other questions.

Course Instructors: Brandon Prochaska | Dr. Mark Johnson | John Jaeggi | Luis A. Jiménez-Maroto | Industry Partners

Next Cheese Judging Course: Spring 2025 registration closes 2 weeks before course start date

Certificate of Completion
Certificates will be printed and issued in-person on the final day of each course for all in-person courses.

Agenda Outline

Parking on campus | Lodging in Madison

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