MADISON (WKOW) -- Europeans dominated at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest Thursday with a gruyere cheese from Switzerland taking home top honors as the world's best cheese.
Judges at the Monona Terrace said the gruyere's creamy texture and lightly fruity taste separated it from the pack. It's made by Fragniere Cedric of Kirchberg, Switzerland.
Another cheese from Switzerland finished in second place. It was a smear-ripened hard cheese made by Sennerei Andeer. The third place finisher was also from Europe, going to Alois Pesendorfer of Gmunden, Austria, who won in the category of open class semisoft cheese.
This year's contest featured around 2,300 entries from 20 different countries. Organizers say that makes it the largest international cheese and butter competition in the world.
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