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Switzerland gruyere named World Championship Cheese Contest winner

Swiss Gruyere Wins Second Consecutive World Champion Cheese Title
Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-03 17:35:40-05

MADISON, Wisc. — A gruyere from Switzerland was named the 2022 World Champion Cheese for the second consecutive time, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association announced Thursday.

The cheese, called Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP, has won three times overall. It is made by Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus in Bern, Switzerland for Gourmino AG.

First runner-up was Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP, which also earned World Champion title in 2020 and 2008.

There were almost 3,000 entries in the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest. A total of 29 nations were represented in the contest.

Officials say the United States led the pack with 94 "Best in Class" finishes.

"Among the 33 U.S. states represented in the Contest, Wisconsin cheesemakers excelled with 45 Best in Class titles," the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association said in a statement. "Next in line was New York with 12 first place finishes, followed by Idaho with 11 gold medal winners."

Switzerland took home 10 gold medals and the Netherlands finished with seven.

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