Good Food Awards will be given to the tastiest artisan and farmstead cheeses in the categories of Fresh, Semi-Soft, Semi-Hard and Hard. Cheese subcategories eligible for an award include Yogurt and Kefir. Cheeses, yogurts and kefir that meet the criteria for entry are made using good animal husbandry, without the use of hormones, and without the use of herbicides and pesticides on the pastures. View the full criteria for entry.


Emily Shartin worked as a newspaper reporter before a love of food lured her to cooking school. After working as a cheesemonger, buyer and education coordinator at Formaggio Kitchen in Massachusetts, she moved to northern California, where she now works in the wholesale office at Tomales Bay Foods and is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Artisan Cheese Guild. In addition to cheese, she is passionate about beer, wine, bread, and essentially all things involving fermentation.


Maureen Cunnie, Head Cheese Maker, Cowgirl Creamery Louella Hill, Cheese Maker and Teacher, SF Milk Maid Bonnie Kaufman, Sales Representative, Fresca Italia Mikey Plannett, Associate Store Team Leader, Whole Foods Market, Ocean Avenue Chris Munsey, West Coast Sales Director, Vermont Creamery


Anthea Stoltz, Cheese Buyer at Bi-Rite Market Andrew Spurgin, Bestoke Event Styling & Menu Design at Andrew Spurgin™ Caitlyn Perlman Carleen Weirauch, Owner at Weirauch Farm & Creamery Cortney Burns, Co-Chef at Bar Tartine Darren Ryan, Owner of Cream and the Crop Cheese Doralice Handel, Owner of the Cheese Shop of Healdsburg Elizabeth Grivas, San Francisco Wine Sales Specialist at Burke Wine Brokerage Emiliano Lee, Artisan Market Manager at Farm Shop LA Evelyn Evers, Co-Owner of Sour Puss Pickles Jana Werner, Assistant Buyer at The Pasta Shop JB Rumberg, Proprietor of Velo Fromage and Cheesemonger/Owner of Other Avenues Food Store Jennifer Sussman, Cheese and Specialty Buyer at Greenleaf Joel Weirauch, Owner at Weirauch Farm & Creamery Juliana Uruburu, Head Cheesemonger at The Pasta Shop Kirstin Jackson, Author & Blogger, It’s Not You, It’s Brie Lassa Skinner, Co-owner & Founder at Cultured Magazine Laura Werlin,Author of the All American Cheese and Wine Book Lena Tabori, Publisher at Welcome Books Lindsay Hertz, Former Cheesemonger at Mission Cheese Lisa Gallinger, Chocolate Maker at Dandelion Chocolate Marshka Kiera, Cheesemonger at Mission Cheese Maura Sell, Sales & Marketing Manager at bambuMichael Kalish, Consultant at Third Wheel CheeseRay Bair, Owner at Cheese Plus Sam Mogannam, Owner at Bi-Rite Market Samantha Lund Seana Doughty, Owner/Cheesemaker of Bleating Heart Cheese and President at the California Cheese Guild Sheana Davis, Owner of the Epicurean Connection Steve Jones,Cheesemonger at Cheese Bar Tracey Brandt, Owner of Donkey and Goat