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- prestigious /pre-STIJ-uhs/
- texture /TEKS-cher/
- distinctive /dih-STINGK-tiv /
- grace /greys/
- narrow (something) down /NAR-oh doun/
[adjective] – very much respected and admired, usually because of being important
Mr. Merrick graduated from a prestigious university.
[noun] – the quality of something that can be decided by touch; the degree to which something is rough or smooth, or soft or hard
The bread’s texture is soft and spongy.
[adjective] – Something that is distinctive is easy to recognize because it is different from other things
This beef stew has a distinctive smell.
[verb] – to be in a place, on a thing etc. and make it look more attractive
The mayor graced the opening of the new concert hall.
[phrasal verb] – to make a number or list of things smaller, by removing the things that are least important, necessary, or suitable
They narrowed the list of candidates down from 20 to 10.
The Spanish cheese is a product of Quesos y Besos (Cheeses and Kisses), a factory in southern Spain that is operated by only six employees. Silvia Peláez, the head cheesemaker said, “We are a small humble cheesemaker in Jaen,” a city in southern Spain best known for its widely exported olives. “Daily labor has its reward,” she added. Oladivia is characterized by a distinctive olive stone ash coating.
Around 250 judges, including food scientists, cheese sellers, and chefs graced the event. They scored the entries based on their look, feel, smell, and taste. The competition began with 88 hopefuls and was narrowed down to 16 finalists. In the final round of the judging, the judges voted by raising cards bearing a number, on a 1 to 10 scale. Oladivia was the last to be judged among the entries. A blue cheese from Oregon called Rogue River Blue was the winner in 2019. The annual cheese competition was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Have you tried cheese from Europe? If not, would you like to try one? Why?
- Do you know anyone who loves cheese? If not, would you like to give anyone a box of cheese as a gift? Why?
- If you were to organize a cooking competition, what local dish would you like the contestants to cook?
- Do you think artisanal cheese is better than commercial cheese?
- In your opinion, should there be more global food competitions? Why or why not?