Eat and Drink Cheesemonger 2014: Cheese pros prove creativity, skills, knowledge Lilith Spencer from BKLYN Larder in Park Slope prepares her perfect bite of Midnight Moon goat Gouda with candied kumquat, toasted sesame seed-cocoa nibs and orange blossom water. Photo Credit: Alison Fox By ALISON FOX June 30, 2014 10:10 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email This isn’t your mom’s cheese and crackers: S'mores with blue cheese, graham cracker and chocolate; goat cheese with tomato and candied bacon; Gouda with tomato jam on a grits cookie. These inventive creations and more were all part of the fifth annual Cheesemonger Invitational on Sunday in Long Island City. Dozens of cheese aficionados from all over the country showed off their battle chops, fighting to be the cheesiest champion. Competitors took a written test, demonstrated their sales ability and prepared their own "perfect bite" in which they paired an assigned type of cheese with decadent accompaniments. More than a hundred cheese lovers packed the warehouse to sample cheese, talk to the makers and find out how versatile cheese could be. Visitors enjoyed fondue, flatbreads and a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano. And Eataly's Emily Acosta took home the top prize, becoming the first woman to win the competition. Bravissima! Hungry yet? Check out the city’s competitors: Brooklyn: ?Bedford Cheese: Dylan HiesterBKLYN Larder: Lilith SpencerCampbell Cheese & Grocery: Quinn Kenworthy?Cheese Pops: Luke JohnsonEastern District: Beth LewandGreene Grape Provisions: Cara WarrenStinky Bklyn: Regina YatesWhole Foods Market, Brooklyn: Halley Zelicoff Manhattan:Bedford Cheese Irving: Cara BakerEataly: Emily AcostaLucy's Whey Carnegie Hill: Jessica GalenLucy's Whey Chelsea Market: Nathan HeggemMurray's Cheese: John David Ryan, Nicole MbisikeSaxelby Cheesemongers: Noah PardoWhole Foods Market, Columbus Circle: Ben FrasierWhole Foods Market, Midtown East: Alison VelascoZabars New York: Marie Colas By ALISON FOX Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.