A Gruyère from Switzerland has been named best cheese for the second time in a row at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Wisconsin.
The cheese from Bern, Switzerland made its maker, Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus, a triple winner. Spycher also won in 2020 and 2008. The cheese, called Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP, scored 98.423 out of 100.
The award-winning product comes from a small dairy working with 12 farmers within a 3-mile (5 km) radius, a Gourmino AG spokesperson said. Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus produces approximately 85 tonnes (77 metric tons) of Gruyère each year out of a total of 32,000 tonnes of cheese produced annually in Switzerland.
Wisconsin cheesemakers did well, with seven of the 20 finalists and winning 45 best-in-class categories. Additionally, cheese curds made their debut in this year’s contest and the state swept the regular and flavored categories.
The world’s largest technical cheese, butter and yogurt competition kicked off Tuesday with 2,978 entrants from 29 countries and 33 states. Wisconsin Cheesemakers submitted 932 entries.
“Cheesemakers around the world have always held a deep commitment to excellence in their craft,” said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, which hosts the competition. “This commitment is very clear in the work of this year’s winners.”