2019 cheese tease chef competition


And the winner is...

Congratulations to Chestnut Executive Chef Brian Crow for winning both the Food Critic's Award and the People's Choice Award.

the winning appetizer

Brian's appetizer highlighted Three Graces Diary Ramp Chevre placed on a rhubarb chip, with local strawberry and micro basil. 

2019 Cheese Tease Competitors

Special thanks to all of our competitors this year.  The competitors are members of the WNC Cheese Trail.

  • Albemarle Inn – Defending her People’s Choice Award 2018
  • Chestnut – Defending their Food Critic Award 2018,
  • Early Girl Eatery
  • Laughing Seed Café
  • Rhubarb 

submission requirements

 Each chef was asked to prepare an appetizer that:

  • included cheese in its recipe
  • demonstrated a creative, edible way to get the appetizer to one’s mouth 
  • utilized an herb and/or a sweet flavor


People's Choice Award - 100 festival attendees met with the chef's and sampled each of the chef's creations.  They then voted on their top choice.

Food Critic Award -  The Food Critic voting was a blind tasting based on a point system with three judges from our local food community who were sequestered during their voting. We share our thanks for judging this year’s competition with Stephan Pruitt from DIG Local, Mackensy Lunsford from Asheville Citizen Times and Kipper Schauer on-air personality.