Wisconsin cheesemakers continued their winning ways at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest by once again earning more awards than any state or nation in the competition. The recent contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin, attracted a record 2,318 entries from 20 countries.
Wisconsin claimed 73 awards, 21 of them gold medal Best of Class distinctions. Of the remaining U.S. states with contest entries, New York won six Best of Class, with Idaho earning five and California four. Wisconsin also surpassed the international competition with Canada and the Netherlands each winning five Best of Class awards, followed by Denmark with four.
Wisconsin cheesemakers swept the top three places in eight different cheese classes: Marbled Curd, Havarti, Brick/Muenster, Gouda Flavored, Quesos para Fundir, Pepper Flavored Cheeses, Cold Pack Cheese Food, and Cold Pack Cheese Spread.
A Swiss cheesemaker Cedric Vuille, of Emmi Kase AG took Best of Show honors for his Gruyère.
The World Championship Cheese Contest is the largest international cheese and butter competition in the world. It is held every two years in Madison and sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.