The win gave Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus in Bern, Switzerland his second victory (his first was in 2008). In fact, it was a Swiss 1-2 as a hard cheese called Gallus Grand CRU finished second.
This year’s tournament, the first since 2018, received a record 3,667 entries from 26 countries but due to international travel restrictions, 30 Japanese university representatives couldn’t attend.
The World Championship Cheese Contest in numbers
55 – The number of judges who inspected and tasted all the dairy products on show
19 – The number of nations represented by each judge
132 – The types of cheese, yoghurts, and milk available to judge
3 – The number of local cheese that made it to the final (all of which finished in the top 20)