The 23rd annual World-Wide Mustard Competition is here! Who will be the next WWMC Grand Champion for 2016, the Grand Poobah of Moutarde?
The competition is held under the auspices of the National Mustard Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting the condiment that means so much to us all. Mustards from around the world have entered over the years — from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States, and more.
As founder and curator of the National Mustard Museum, I have been coordinating the judging of this prestigious international tasting since its inception in 1995. It is a blind tasting, so the judges have only unlabeled mustards in front of them. They do not know if they are sampling the mustard of a large international company or that of a small artisan moutardier. We bring together chefs, food writers, other food professionals and mustard aficionados to carefully evaluate the mustards. As you can imagine, it is a daunting task but one that our judges take very seriously.
If you are interested in entering the next WWMC, please review the rules and category descriptions (see buttons below). If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. You should duplicate the entry form if you are entering more than one mustard.
There are 16 categories of mustard to be tasted and scored. You will help determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal winners for each category. Examples of categories are Honey, Dijon, Spirit, Hot Pepper, and Exotic mustards, as well as mustard-based Dressings and BBQ Sauces.
For the 2016 competition entries are due at the Mustard Museum no later than March 2, 2016. The first round of tasting is March 6, so don’t be late — there’s no wiggle room for late entries this year. Entry fee can be paid by check (cashable in U.S. dollars and drawn on U.S. banks) payable to National Mustard Museum or by credit card with online payment as an option (click for online payment).
Medals are awarded to the top three mustards in each category and a Grand Champion award will go to the best of the gold medal winners. We notify all the winners after the judges make their final decisions in late April and the National Mustard Museum will send a press release to the trade and consumer media. Winners will be notified by phone or email.
Barry Levenson, Judge Coordinator and Museum Curator
National Mustard Museum
7477 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562 USA
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