July 11th, 2011 | by KELLY CLARKE Food & Drink |

IRON CURDS: Steve Jones Wins Cheesemonger Invitational

stevejonesplatingSteve Jones plating cheese at the 2011 Cheesemonger Invitational - Courtesy of Cheese Bar Facebook page

Portland's own Steve Jones is officially the best cheesemonger in the world. Now, devotees of Jones' Cheese Bar and his former business Steve's Cheese already knew this. But it's nice to have it confirmed at the 2nd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational, held last Friday, July 8 in Long Island City, New York.

Jones bested more than 40 competitors from around the globe in sniffing, tasting, cutting and plating cheese. (Read our original Scoop about the event, here.)

Here's a photo of the winning slate (aka cheese plate), which featured "mountain cheese with [Portland's] Xocolatl de Davíd bacon caramel popcorn." And find updates about the win and Jones' cheese doings on Facebook.

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