It wouldn’t have been my choice but a Swiss gruyère was named the world’s best cheese at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin on Thursday 5th March.
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)