The world of cheese is changing, and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association is evolving along with it. For the first time, the organization is introducing a new class to the World Championship Cheese Contest, accepting entries of the Swiss classic raclette.
"The World Championship Cheese Contest is always evolving, thanks to the leadership of our dedicated Contest Committee. These new classes reflect the ever-changing trends and innovations of the dairy processing industry,” said Contest Director Kirsten Strohmenger. “We look forward to seeing the world’s cheesemakers demonstrate their craftsmanship and passion in the search for the next World Champion Cheese!”
Raclette is typically melted using a special heater and served as part of a dish by the same name. With origins in the Swiss Alps, the cheese has gained ground more recently among cheese lovers across the globe. Entries in this new class—and all 141 others—can be submitted now, a press release stated.
Also making its debut at the 2024 event is a specific class for pasteurized process cheese products, which expands the opportunity for manufacturers worldwide to submit these products for competition.
New this year, WCMA is offering a discounted rate of $75 per entry when you enter by December 1. After that date, all entries will cost $90 per product. All entries must be submitted by January 26, 2024.
Judging will occur March 5–7. Entries will be evaluated by an elite team of world-renowned judges. A gold, silver, and bronze medal will be awarded to the three highest-scoring entries in each class. Gold medal cheeses will move to a Championship Round for a shot at the World Champion Cheese title.
We wish the best of luck to those who will be entering this new class!