Good Food Awards will be given to the tastiest artisan and farmstead cheeses in the categories of Fresh, Semi-Soft, Semi-Hard, Hard, and Yogurt. Cheeses and yogurts that meet the standards for entry are made using good animal husbandry, without the use of hormones, and without the use of synthetic inputs on the pastures.


The Good Food Awards rely on the expertise of the cheese community to create the tasting, determine judges and set standards for the category. Read on to learn who has been integral to building the category, as well as what the cheese standard are and who will be judging this year.



Rebekah Baker

Director of Cheese, UNFI

Rebekah Baker has been working in Specialty Cheese for +13 years. The first half of her career was spent in retail working at Pastoral Artisan, Whole Foods, and as Corporate Director of Cheese for Nugget Market. Next, she moved into distribution, as the Category Director of Cheese for Tony’s Fine Foods. Then she moved over to the producer side and worked with Tillamook and Treeline. Presently, she is the national Director of Cheese & Specialty for UNFI. She has served on the board for the California Artisan Cheese Guild and has been an active volunteer with ACS, currently serving as the Scholarship Committee Chair. She received her ACS CCP™ certification in 2014 and her Executive MBA degree in 2019.

Felice Thorpe

Founder, Felice Foods

Felice Thorpe is the owner of a sales consulting company, Felice Foods. She brings a history of building and scaling brands with regional and national product launches. She has served as the president of the California Artisan Cheese Guild, Judge, and Chairperson for the cheese category for the Good Food Awards. Her past experience working for a national specialty foods distributor informs her unique perspective to help craft food brands grow.


In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, cheese entries must meet the following standards:


Additionally, cheese entries must fit within one of the following subcategories (vegetarian and/or vegan substitutes are permitted):

  • Fresh
  • Semi-Soft
  • Semi-Hard
  • Hard
  • Yogurt

2022 Judges

Rebekah Baker

Sales Manager, Tillamook

Colette Hatch

Consultant, Oliver

David Hauss

Sales Manager, Pacific Cheese Company

Amy Mackintosh

Cheese Specialist, Sigonas Farmers Market

Omri Avraham

Cheese Purchaser, The Cheese Board Collective

Iris Williamson

Mission Bay Wine & Cheese, Food Director

Erin Christie

Regional Sales Manager, Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods

Debra Dickerson

Director of Education & Customer Outreach, Cowgirl Creamery /Tomales Bay Foods

Janet Fletcher

Publisher, Planet Cheese

Jonathan Alexander

Cheesemonger + Wine Buyer, Little Vine

Michelle Sheely

Director of Sales, Three Trees