Cougar Gold Honored by Restaurant Magazine

Students working in the WSU Creamery where Cougar Gold cheese is made.
Students working in the WSU Creamery where Cougar Gold cheese is made. Photo by Brian Clark, WSU. Click image for a high resolution version.
Cougar Gold
Cougar Gold. Click image for a larger version.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Cougar Gold, Washington State University’s signature cheese, has earned a Gold Star Award from Santé Magazine, a restaurant industry trade publication.

The Santé Gold Star is an elite designation bestowed on a limited number of products deemed to be of exceptional merit by the Santé Food, Wine & Spirits Review tasting panel. Honored products are indicated within Santé’s Food, Wine and Spirits Review section by the appearance of a gold star.

“The WSU Creamery is proud to have Cougar Gold cheese recognized by a magazine that is geared towards restaurant and hospitality professionals,” said Russ Salvadalena, manager of the WSU Creamery. “For the students who work so hard to make our high-quality dairy products, it is a nice confirmation to be honored in this way. It is our hope that more people will try our unique cheese-in-a-can and become hooked by its incredible flavor.”

Over the years, the WSU Creamery’s famous cheese has earned numerous awards, including a second place recognition in its category in the 2008 American Cheese Society Competition and a Gold Award in the prestigious World Cheese Awards in London in 2006

Cougar Gold is a result of research conducted by WSU dairy scientist Norman S. Golding in the 1940’s. The cheese was named in his honor.