WCMA Recognizes World Championship Cheese Contest Leaders

Posted By: Grace Atherton WCMA News,

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), proud host of the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest, is honoring Enda Howley and George (Glennette) Stettler for outstanding contributions to the event.

“The tireless efforts of our judges and volunteers are key to the success of our Championship Cheese Contests,” said Kirsten Strohmenger, WCMA Events Manager.  “We’re grateful for their commitment to the integrity of this competition and their enthusiasm for Contest growth.”

The Aschebrock Award: Enda Howley

The Aschebrock Award, named for Contest Chief Judge Emeritus Bob Aschebrock, has been presented to Enda Howley, a World Championship Cheese Contest Judge since 2006 appreciated for his comprehensive cheese knowledge and thorough evaluations.  Howley works as master cheese grader for Kerrygold in Ireland, first selected for this key role via a company-wide sensory panel 'taste-off' in 2001.

“Cheesemaking takes passion, skill, and dedication, and nowhere is that more clear than at the World Championship Cheese Contest. It’s a pleasure to devote my time to the Contest, and a true honor to receive this award,” said Howley.

The Eggebrecht Award: George (Glennette) Stettler

The Eggebrecht Award, named for Contest Committee Chairman and “B-Team” founder Brian Eggebrecht of Welcome Dairy, has been presented to George (Glennette) Stettler.  Stettler has served in an administrative role with the Contest for decades, helping to tabulate and finalize results alongside WCMA staff.  She is recognized not only for her dedication but also for her enthusiasm for excellence in cheesemaking.

“I’m so grateful to receive this honor,” Stettler remarked. “I always look forward to the Contest – not just for the excitement of the judging process, but also to reconnect with great friends in the industry. It’s a unique opportunity that I’m proud to support.”

Stettler co-owns and operates Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisconsin, USA, alongside her husband, Steve Stettler, and daughters Shaya Guilbault and Sierra Stettler.

Contest leaders today also honored the life and work of the late Craig Linz. Linz worked as Customer and Category Manager, Cheese & Whey for Tetra Pak Inc., based in Minnesota. He was a long-time active WCMA member, contributing his time and talents to the Board of Directors and the Supplier and Recognition Committees.