IRVINE, CALIF. –  Good Culture named US Marine Jason Mackinnon the winner of its “Ridiculously Good People” contest, created by the clean-label, cultured foods company to celebrate the good in the world.

Mackinnon, a four-time deployed US Marine, was nominated by his mother-in-law, Karen Anderson.

“Maybe it's his training, but I think it's just his good soul,” said Anderson, who shared that Mackinnon also has pulled a man out of a burning car and performed the Heimlich on a choking woman. “He doesn't think for a second before he jumps in to help. To top it off, he is humble and never wants any recognition or praise.”

Good Culture awarded Mackinnon the grand prize of a kitchen stand mixer (valued at $650) and a year's worth of Good Culture products.

Mackinnon called the honor a surprise. "We love cottage cheese and sour cream in our household and my wife uses them in so many recipes,” he said. “She's as thrilled about this prize as I am."

Good Culture is a certified B Corporation and a partner of 1% for the Planet, supporting soil health and regenerative agriculture. The company was founded by Jesse Merrill and Anders Eisner, who viewed cottage cheese as an overlooked dairy product with potential. Their flagship product, which led to more cultured food offerings, was a certified organic, pasture-raised, high protein, low sugar, additive-free cottage cheese.