Good Food Awards will be given to the tastiest artisan and farmstead cheeses in the categories of Fresh, Semi-Soft, Semi-Hard, Hard, and Yogurt. Cheeses and yogurts 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, ACS CCP, 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 manages the wholesale office at Tomales Bay Foods. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, and the 2014 recipient of the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award.


Maureen Cunnie, Head Cheesemaker, Cowgirl Creamery
Debbie Fox
, Member, 
California Artisan Cheese Guild


Kendall Antonelli, Co-Owner, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
Gianaclis Caldwell, Author, Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking
Mary Caló, Sales Manager, Mike Hudson Distributing
Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, James Beard Foundation
Brad Dubé, President & Founder, Food Matters Again
Aaron FosterFoster Sundry
Leah Garchik, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Jill Isenbarger, Executive Director, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Kristine Arambulo Keefer, Founder, Kristine Keefer PR
Amber Lambke, President & CEO, MaineGrains
Jane Medici, Associate, Cheese Plus
Elizabeth Meltz, Director of Environmental Health, Batali Bastianich Hospitality Group & Eataly USA
Bronwen Percival, Buyer, Neal’s Yard Dairy
Jess Perrie, Account Manager, Fromagex
Joel Riddell, Host, Dining Around
David Rogers, Maître Fromager Affineur, Standard Market
Lindsey Schechter, Owner, Houston Dairymaids
Jesse Schwartzburg, Account Executive, Tony’s Fine Foods
Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine
Lee Ward, Food Service Director, The Henry Ford
Molly Watson, Local Foods Expert,
Lisa Zechiel, Owner, Head of Sourcing & Creative Director, Washington’s Green Grocer