This Wisconsin Cheese Has Just Been Crowned World Champion

Tina Rivera
(Photo: OBSEV / Wisconsin Cheese)

The world champion of cheese has just been crowned at a contest in Madison, Wisconsin, which makes it super fitting is that the winner of the epic title is also from a small town in Wisconsin, right?! Coincidence or not, we’re pretty sure it’s some damn good cheese.

The Grand Cru Surchoix made by Fitchburg-based Emmi Roth USA has beat out 2,955 other cheeses from around the world, earning the coveted title, “World Champion of Cheese.” With the competition being held every two years since 1957, this is the first time a U.S. cheese has won the title of world champion since 1988. Woop woop!

"This is cheese we make every day," said Emmi Roth quality assurance manager, Kevin Davis. "We take notes on what would be the best cheese to submit to the contest. It happened to be March, the right time for this cheese. If the contest was in June, we may have submitted a different cheese."

According to WPR, the Grand Cru Surchoix is an alpine-style artisan cheese, similar to gruyere. Although Suchoix’s milk comes from Wisconsin, Davis said the original recipe came from Switzerland, and production involves a traditional Swiss process that includes the use of copper kettles and aging the cheese on wood boards.  

An Australian judge for the World Championship Cheese Contest, Russell Smith, said the Grand Cru Surchoix won him over with its perfect texture and balance of savory flavors.

Runners up for the competition include two cheeses that are too difficult to pronounce from Switzerland and Holland.