Swiss gruyere named world’s best cheese

MADISON, WISCONSIN (AP) — A gruyere from Switzerland has been named the world’s best cheese, chosen from a record number of entrants from 26 nations in the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin.

The cheese from Bern, Switzerland was made by Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, a two-time winner. Spycher also won in 2008.

Another product from Switzerland, a hard cheese made from cow’s milk called Gallus Grand CRU and made by Hardegger Kase AG, was runner-up, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The contest is the largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition in the world and started on Tuesday in Madison with a record 3,667 entries.

The 55 judges taste, sniff and inspect the 132 classes of dairy products during the biennial contest. The judges include cheese graders, cheese buyers, dairy science professors, and researchers from 19 nations and 14 states.

The last time the competition was held in 2018, a hard sheep’s milk cheese called Esquirrou made in France at Mauleon Fromagerie won top honours. It is imported by Savencia Cheese USA.

Judge Christophe Megevand inspects a wheel of Gruyere cheese at the biennial World Championship Cheese Contest. PHOTO: AP