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.