Say cheese! After becoming one of the first certified professional cheese experts in the country, WSU alumni Nial Yager has been selected as a judge in the World Cup of cheese.
Yager was just one of 50 selected worldwide to evaluate cheese and butter entries from 22 countries at the World Champion Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin.
For three days he meticulously examined, sniffed, felt, tasted and scored 60 types of aged cheddar, 25 samples of queso fresco – a fresh Hispanic cheese – and 50 varieties of butter.
“Judging cheese is similar to wine tasting in that we evaluate based on aroma, body, flavor and even mouthfeel,” said Yager.
Another similarity, the judges spit the samples out after judgint. Digesting two ounces from each of the 120 samples would be too filling and would impair tasting.
“Food tastes different when you are hungry than when you are full,” he explained.”