Cheese preferences are almost as contentious as wine or craft beer preferences these days. Like most food-related arguments you might be inclined to say, “to each his own,” but it turns out that regardless of personal preference, there actually is a cheese that officially reigns supreme. Gourmino Le Gruyère, a gruyère cheese from Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus in Switzerland, was named the victor of the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest, held last week in Madison, Wisconsin.
The cheese was described by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association as a cow’s milk cheese with a “subtle, sophisticated flavor.” Makers of gruyère have used the same recipe to craft the cheese for years, which includes a two-year ripening period in mountain caves for full maturity.
Gourmino Le Gruyère scored an impressive 98.81 out of 100. Spycher had previously won the prize in 2008 with a different batch of Swiss cheese. Another cheese from Switzerland, a Gallus Grand Cru, took the second spot with a score of 98.70.
Although a Wisconsin cheesemaker didn’t take home the top prize, they did receive a total of 45 gold medals (out of 132 categories), winning more awards than any other state or country.