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Sunday 28 December 2014

Emmentaler wins world's best cheese

Three judges for the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest hold the champion, a Swiss Emmentaler (AP)
Three judges for the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest hold the champion, a Swiss Emmentaler (AP)
Judges taste and sniff the top 16 cheeses to narrow it down to the top three for the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest (AP)

A Swiss Emmentaler has won the title of 2014 World Championship Cheese.

Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger took top honours at the event in the US state of Wisconsin for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler, a large format, big wheel Swiss cheese.

Out of possible 100 points, the Emmentaler scored 97.85 in the final round of judging. The cheese scored top honours out of 2,615 entries from 22 countries.

An Austrian entry, called Erzherzog Johann, was second. Another Swiss entry, Gruyere AOP, was third.

US cheesemakers scored big in the competition, winning gold medals in 59 of the total 90 categories judged.

Switzerland came in second with seven gold medals, while the Netherlands had five.

Among US entries, Wisconsin dominated with 33 gold medals.

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