The competition is held under the auspices of the National Mustard Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting the condiment that means so much to us all. Mustards from around the world have entered over the years —from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, the United States, and more.
As founder and curator of the National Mustard Museum, I have been coordinating the judging of this prestigious international tasting since its inception in 1995. It is a blind tasting, so the judges have only unlabeled mustards in front of them. They do not know if they are sampling the mustard of a large international company or that of a small artisan moutardier. We bring together chefs, food writers, other food professionals and mustard aficionados to carefully evaluate the mustards. As you can imagine, it is a daunting task but one that our judges take very seriously.
There are 17 categories (view details) of mustard to be tasted and scored. Examples of categories are Honey, Dijon, Spirit, Hot Pepper, and Exotic mustards, as well as mustard-based Dressings and BBQ Sauces.
Per Entry Fee – $50.00 (Per Category)
National Mustard Museum
7477 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562 USA
A valid entry consists of 12 jars (minimum net weight of 3.5 ounces (100 grams) each and maximum weight of 17.6 ounces (500 grams), plus an entry fee of $50.00 per mustard entered in a category, and a completed entry form for each mustard entered.
Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals are awarded to the top three mustards in each category and a Grand Champion award will go to the best of those gold medal winners.
NOTE: We want mustard companies to enter their mustards in the categories that provide them with the best chance of winning a medal. If you enter your mustard in an inappropriate category, we reserve the right to move it to a category that will provide you with a better chance of winning. We will notify you of any such changes.