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French mustard wins worldwide competition in Middleton

National Mustard Museum held 2014 competition with 16 flavor categories

MIDDLETON, Wis. - A French mustard, Bornier Dijon Mustard, has been named Grand Champion at the 2014 World-Wide Mustard Competition, according to a release.

Held at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, the 2014 Worldwide Mustard Competition drew more than 300 entries in 16 flavor categories.

Judges tasted the mustards not knowing if they were tasting international brands or small boutique mustards, organizers said. The judging took place at the Mustard Museum and at the Kendall College Culinary Arts School in Chicago where the Grand Champion was picked from the 16 gold medal-winning mustards.

"Bornier Dijon represents all that one could want in a classic Dijon mustard," said Barry Levenson, curator of the National Mustard Museum and director of the competition since 1995. "It is sharp, perfectly balanced, silky smooth and versatile for use in both cooking and as a condiment for sandwiches, sausages or cheese."

Bornier mustards go back nearly two centuries when the brand originated as the creation of master French mustard maker Denis Bornier, according to the release. The factory is located in Couchey, only a few kilometers from the city of Dijon.

Other mustards from France won medals, as well as mustards from Japan, Sweden, Canada and the United States, officials said. In addition to the Dijon category, judges sampled sweet-hot, honey, whole-grain, classic hot, pepper-hot, horseradish, herb, garlic, fruit, spirit, American yellow, deli and exotic flavors, as well as mustard-based dressings and BBQ sauces.

"The competition shows how varied the flavors and style of mustard are," Levenson said. "Dijon may represent the old-world traditional school of mustard, but mustard lovers can't live without it."

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