Gruyere beats Gorgonzola
Switzerland has the best cheese in the world
At the World Cheese Awards in Newport, Wales, a Gruyère from the village cheese dairy Vorderfultigen BE was voted the world’s best cheese.
A Gruyère from the canton of Bern has officially been crowned cheese world champion. (icon picture)
The 34th World Cheese Awards took place in Newport (Wales) on November 2nd. According to the organizers, the Guild of Fine Food, these are the largest awards event in the world dedicated solely to cheese. 250 jury members tried 4434 cheeses from 42 countries and selected the winners in a multi-stage process. For them, winning the award is an important economic stepping stone.
A small village cheese dairy from Vorderfultigen BE, which entered a Gruyère into the race – and thus achieved first place, can now benefit from this! According to the jury, the artisanal cheese offers “notes of herbs, fruits and leather” and melts gently on the tongue. The Swiss cheese thus relegated a Gorgonzola Dolce from Italy to second place.
Gruyère is serial world champion
For Switzerland it is a return to the top step after cheeses from Spain, Italy and Norway won the world championship in previous years.
However, Switzerland has not gone completely empty-handed in recent years: it has won other competitions, such as the “World Championship Cheese Contest”, where prizes are awarded in addition to cheese, butter and yoghurt. A Gruyère also won in the cheese category this year. In this case one from the Fritzenhaus mountain cheese dairy in Sumiswald BE. An Appenzeller from Niederbüren SG came in second.
A Gruyère from the Rossens FR cheese dairy also won the Brazil World Cheese Championships in Sao Paulo in September. (rae)