Despite most finalists, no Wisconsin cheeses named overall winner at 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest

Winning cheese came from Switzerland

MADISON, Wis. — After receiving nearly 3,000 entries, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association on Thursday announced the winners of the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest, and none were from America’s Dairyland.

The “big cheese” came from Bern, Switzerland’s Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus. The Gourmino Le Gruyère AOP marked the cheesemaker’s third win.

The first runner up was an Appenzeller called Appenzeller® Mild-Würzig made by Hans Näf from Switzerland-based Käserei Niederbüren AG. The second runner up was a cheese called Erzherzog Johann, made by Pichler Othmar and a team from Austria-based Obersteirische Molkerei eGen.

Of the 20 finalists who hoped to be crowned as the best in the world, seven were from Wisconsin: an aged cheddar from Land O Lakes, Inc. in Kiel, a feta from Klondike Cheese Co. in Monroe, a gorgonzola from BelGioioso Cheese Inc. in Denmark, a blue molding cheese from Roelli Cheese Co., Inc. in Shullsburg, a smoked gouda from Arla Foods in Kaukauna, a Grand Cru Surchoix from Emmi Roth in Monroe, and a sheep’s milk cheese from Hidden Springs Creamery in Westby.

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A total of 11 other finalists came from overseas, with entries coming from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. The two non-Wisconsin entries from the United States came from New York and California.

The World Championship Cheese Contest was first held in 1957 and is considered the largest cheese competition in the world.

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