This year’s 30th Biennial World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, has crowned a new winner. Gerard and Kaserei Sinnesberger of Gams, Switzerland, won the $1,000 grand prize and millions of dollars worth of publicity with their Emmentaler cheese. Their cheese scored 97.85 out of 100 in the champion round Wednesday night, according to a press release. Wisconsin cheese makers, which represented 500 of the 2,619 entries from across 22 countries, won 33 gold medals.
“Congratulations to the thousands of cheesemakers from around the world who participated in the largest technical cheese competition ever held. Every medalist should be extremely proud of their accomplishment,” said John Umhoefer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
Fifty judges from 19 countries worked in pairs to sample the cheeses. Scores were based on flavor, body, appearance, and color, according to Wisconsin State Journal.
The first runner up was Alois Pichler and Team Obersteirische Molkerei from Knittelfeld, Austria. The second runner up was Fromagerie Molesan SA with a Gruyere from Orsonnens, Switzerland.
Congratulations Gerard and Kaserei! You’ve earned it!
World Championship Cheese Contest